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What is the theme of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 33"?

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The Poetry Foundation website categorizes Shakespeare's Sonnet XXXIII under the following categories--Living, love, landcapes and pastorals, time and brevity, nature, relationships, and "realistic & complicated" poetry. Just looking at that list, we can infer that the true message of this poem, and hence the theme, involve more than just musings about the weather.

Take a glance at the eNotes reference for this poem, which provides a nice modern language paraphrase to help us navigate Shakespeare's riddle. The essential verse to understand when deriving this poem's...

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