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by William Shakespeare

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Explain Shakespeare's Sonnet 15.

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In very basic terms, Shakespeare uses "Sonnet 15" to immortalize his lover.

Everything we see in the world around us will eventually decay and one day die. What perfection there is in the world cannot last:

When I consider everything that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment

As the speaker looks at his beloved, he knows that she too will one day be subject to the ravages of time and decay, no matter how beautiful she may look now, in her golden youth. Indeed, time and decay are presented as conspiring how best to turn the speaker's young lover to old age:

Then the conceit of this inconstant stay Sets you most rich in youth before my sight, Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay To change your day of youth to sullied night;

There's absolutely nothing that the speaker can do about the...

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