Sonnet 18 Questions and Answers
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How is death personified in line 11 of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

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In this line, Death is seen as an actual entity (as in the Grim Reaper), capable of emotions such as pride. So, the poet says, this entity will not be able to "brag," because the subject of the sonnet will never be in the Valley of the Shadow of Death ("shade"). She will be made immortal, both by his love and by the work of art he has created for her.

Throughout history, Death has been depicted as a tangible figure. For example, see the myth in the Harry Potter series, "The Tale of Three Brothers." In this story, Death can meet,...

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