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Sonnet 64


Derived from the early Petrarchan form, William Shakespeare's sonnets maintain an iambic pentameter however implore an uncharacteristic rhyme scheme and have a final couplet with such strength that the whole character of the form is changed creating a clear thought division between the twelfth and thirteenth line. Shakespeare's style unique sonnet style became, in his time, the predominate English form. However, some poems such as John Keats' On First Looking into Chapman's Homer retained the classic Italian form.(Crowell pg 945) Shakespeare's Sonnet Sixty-Fourhold's true to the classic Shakespearean sonnet form, having three quatrains and a finalizing couplet. Utilizing the techniques ...

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and "brass". Man is an "eternal slave" to time. In these opening lines Shakespeare is revealing that our ambitions drive the building of higher "towers" and stronger "brass," however, even as we strive to create monuments of greater magnitude and fortitude, time will always be the victor and man's empires will be "down-razed." Shakespeare quickly humbles the reader with powerful destructive words, "buried"; "defaced"; "down-razed" and, consequently, one realizes that one day our present creations will stand no more and what stands in their place will only be dictated by time's "hand." The second quatrain maintains the image of time's destructive powers. With the rhyme scheme cdcd and the rhythmic advances of enjambement " . . . Seen the hungry ocean gain advantage on the kingdom of the shore, " Shakespeare is able to create a sense of the back and forth cyclic motion of the ocean. Describing the battle between the ocean, "watery main," and the "firm soil" Shakespeare shows that ...

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Added: 4/28/2006 09:08:49 PM
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