Explain the significance of the imagery in "Sonnet 12" by Shakespeare.

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A key focus of a number of Shakespeare's sonnets, and especially this one, is the way that the inevitable passing of time is going to rob his beloved (the person addressed in his sonnets) of his beauty. There are a number of solutions that are suggested, but here the speaker of this sonnet says that the only thing to do is for his beloved to have children, so that his beauty can "cheat" death and live on in the form of his progeny.

Bearing this overall summary in mind, let us consider some of the imagery to do with the rapaciousness of time and how it is depicted. The poem starts with the speaker...

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