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What ideas are expressed about mortality and poetry in William Shakespeare`s Sonnet 75?

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abby89 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM via web

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What ideas are expressed about mortality and poetry in William Shakespeare`s Sonnet 75?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Mortality: The narrator of Sonnet 75 suggests that life is transitory and just as a miser worries about treasure being stolen, so a lover worries that death with steal love away (by death of either himself or his beloved). Thus it is good to feast on love while it is possible.

Poetry: The poem itself serves as a way to communicate the narrator’s pleasure in love to the world. There is a paradox that in enjoying his beloved away from the sight of the world, the poet finds the subject matter about which to write, thus revealing private love publicly.

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