"DIMITRIE CANTEMIR" Christian University
FACULTY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
LOVE AND TIME IN SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS
Important aspects about William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, English dramatist and poet
He is considered the greatest writer of the English language
literature of all time
The first one (until approximately 1598) belongs to
a series of pieces in which youth girded
Shakespeare’s current fashions, adapting issues to
In the second Shakespearean stage, which runs from
1598-1604, are located the pieces often called
"middle works", characterized by a higher stage
Dramas Julius Caesar, ...view middle of the document...
during the summer turn into "hideous winter" spirit
remains with an imperishable beauty
In the midst of this decoration, the man is the
expression of the Universe, as it was conceived and
mastered passions represent primordial elements
”But flowers distill'd though they with winter meet,
Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.”
„But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that so much of earth and water wrought
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
Receiving nought by elements so slow
But heavy tears, badges of either's woe” (Sonnet XLIV)
Love is equivalent to acquiring knowledge of self, is the
light that gives access to superior ways, the perfect models,
the eternal patterns.
Love is a reference to another and vice versa
The idea of moving means steps in the
future. An output in the future is not
possible without probing the depths of the
soul, without a look inside his being.
This introspective tone is Shakespeare's own, since he
adopts a philosophical attitude and a quasi-religious
style. The English writer laments the waste of energy
and creative power, power that is lost during the process
of gathering material things necessary for inferior
beings in the spiritual
"Poor soul, the core in despicable me leaven, / strikingly
rebellions life / why not deep pain you prey / "and out your
aura your walls? / ... / you better gather you in body
strength ...; / Give clay moments, / Be full of yourself on
earth under ordinary” - Sonnet CXLV
Shakespeare’s literary work has a dramatic development
that would look in vain in other collections, generally
devoid of a single well defined accent
Unlike conventional sequences of sonnets of his time,
devoted to women beautiful and haughty, the love sonnets
of Shakespeare present very different in terms of
inspiration and thematic characteristics
“When my love swears that she is made of truth
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppress'd.
But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told:
Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be”.
Throughout the sonnet, Shakespeare plays often with the words. It gives them
different connotations that can be seen in several verses.
“I do believe her, though I know she lies"
“Therefore I lie with her and she with me”
The verb to lie in itself has a double meaning in English that varies depending on the context. On the one hand
means "lying" and other "lie", "lie" and "lie"....