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Sonnet 65Can anyone explain the poem "Sonnet 65" by Wiliam Shakespeare?

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dekamith | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2011 at 1:18 AM via web

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Sonnet 65

Can anyone explain the poem "Sonnet 65" by Wiliam Shakespeare?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM (Answer #2)

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In brief, Sonnet 65 is about immortalizing beauty in ink that will be read by all from age to age to come. The contrast to this is the metaphor of the poem that compares the qualities of brass and stone to the qualities of beauty: "Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea"--which are such strong things--can withstand the "rage" of "mortality," neither, then, can "beauty," which has the strength of a flower. Therefore the poet intervenes in the raging destruction of Time's awesome power and immortalizes beauty in the ink of fourteen lines of a sonnet.

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