What is the theme for Sonnet 73, and is it universal or parochial?

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There are two main themes in Sonnet 73. Both are universal ideas, but the first—that of the mortality the speaker is aware of in himself as he ages—is something all of us can appreciate and relate to as we age. The second, meanwhile, addressed in the closing couplet, is concerned with the love of a younger person for an older one—a concept which, while certainly not parochial or limited in scope, may not be something everyone can understand.

The speaker observes that he himself is in the autumn of his lifetime. He uses natural imagery to suggest that he, at this point in his life,...

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