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Explain the significance of the imagery in each poem: William Wordsworth's "We are Seven," and  Shakespeare's Sonnet 12.

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The imagery used in William Wordsworth's "We are Seven," and Shakespeare's Sonnet 12 both deal with age and death.

In Wordsworth's poem, the poet refers often to the images of youth regarding the child:

She was eight years old, she said; Her hair was thick with many a curl That clustered round her head.


And there upon the ground I sit, And sing a song to them.... Together round her grave we played, My brother John and I.

These stanzas describe the child in appearance or behavior.

Death is also an ever-present theme in this poem.

"Two of us in the church-yard lie, My sister and my brother... Two of us in the church-yard lie, Beneath the church-yard tree." "Their graves are green, they may be seen," The little Maid replied... [and regarding the little girl's sister:] Till God released her of her pain; And then she went away.

On the other hand, Sonnet 12's images regarding age deal with the end of one's long life, in...

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