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What is the interpretation and meaning behind Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73"?

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Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73" is primarily about aging and even the approach of death as well as their ability to make love grow.  The speaker compares himself to autumn "in me behold / When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang / Upon those boughs."  Next, the speaker compares himself to twilight, "as after sunset fadeth in the west."  Finally, the speaker compares himself to dying embers on a fire "that on the ashes of his youth doth lie."  The speaker's lover knows all this.  "This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong."  Therefore, love between the two is strengthened by this knowledge.  Often, in Shakespeare's sonnets, there is a problem noted in the first twelve lines and a solution in the last couplet

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