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Please discuss the major themes and imagery of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 106"

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This is a typical Shakespeare sonnet glorifying his lady's beauty, using the conceit of looking back to past descriptions of beautiful people and arguing that those descriptions of beauty foreshadowed the beauty of his own lady.

In the first four lines, the poet reads "descriptions of the "fairest wights" (that is, good poets), creating beautiful poems whose subject is the "praise of ladies dead and lovely knights."  The first line has the modern sense of "bygone ages that have been destroyed by time."

"Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty's best" uses the term for a shield on which a person's coat-of-arms is painted...

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