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What is William Shakespeare's subject in Sonnet 63?  

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Shakespeare's subject in Sonnet 63 is the transience of life, the power of memory, and the permanence of poetry.

In the first four-and-a-half lines, for example, the poet prepares himself for the point at which old age begins to change his lover:

Against my love shall be, as I am now,/With Time's injurious hand crush'd and o'er-worn;/When hours have drain'd his blood and fill'd his brow/With lines and wrinkles

First, the poet describes himself as a victim of time, which has worn him out, and he is developing a defense against the time when his lover is also "crush'd and o'er-worn."...

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