What words are repeated in William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 12" and why?
The one word that is repeated in this excellent example of a Shakespearian sonnet is the word "time." Throughout the sonnets, and especially towards the beginning, Shakespeare attempts to describe the idealised beauty of the male object of the sonnets, though always referring to the fact that such beauty will wither and fade with the passing of time. Time is such a key theme of all of his sonnets that he either tries to immortalise his beloved's beauty in his verse or, as in this sonnet, advises his beloved to have children so as to perpetuate his beauty. Let us examine the use of the word time in this poem and see how it fits in with the overall purpose.
The first two lines of this sonnet present "time" as a negative thing, something that...
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