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Youth: Life At Its Peak In "Sonnet 15" By William Shakespeare

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As each day goes by the beauty of our vibrant youth decays and diminishes. In "Sonnet 15" Shakespeare refers to youth as life at its peak, however this precious point in our life is short-lived. Shakespeare speaks of youth as a single moment of perfection. He glorifies youth and alleges to immortalize it through his poetic words. He uses metaphors, imagery, and rhyme in a way to enhance the beauty and perfection of mans youth while in its prime. Through this he demonstrate the love and richness of youth despite the tole time takes on it.
Within the first few lines of the sonnet we notice Shakespeare's use of metaphoric language. His usage of metaphors provokes another thought to the reader, rather then what's just written on the page. "That this huge stage presenteth naught but shows" (shakespeare, line 3). 'This huge stage' is referring to the world. Through this we imagine the world as a stage, and us as actors. Us as the actors all have influences on one another, and alter the way our lives are viewed, and the way we act upon given situations, even if those situations be good or bad. This world stage gives nothing but dramatic performances that are reflective upon our life. This particular metaphor is of great importance to the sonnet because it allows us to see life on somewhat of a smaller scale. Being able to see the simplicity of life, as merely one of the very small performances that make up one whole act. These performances in which we engage in daily, allow us to see ourselves within Shakespeare's famous words. According to Shakespeare the climax of our personal stage performance is when man is in their vibrant youth. This is the short moment in life he believes we should treasure and cherish before time sweeps it away from us. It is something we get once, there are no second chances and no turning back. Shakespeare puts a feeling on it as if you get one shot and to make it the most beautiful you can.
Similar to the metaphor is the simile. Shakespeare makes a powerful comparison to man as a developing plant. "That men as plants increase ... Cheered and Checked even by the self-same sky" (Shakespeare, lines 5-6). Like plants, men develop, grow, as well as multiply. Both are weathered by the same conditions, and energized by the same source. Again, this comparison allows us to see the simplicity of a plant, and relate it to the complexity of man. By Shakespeare making the relation on a smaller scale, it allows the reader to better understand the point he is trying to convey. Even though man and plant are vastly different, this comparison allows us to see that in reality they are a lot alike.
Another technique that Shakespeare uses to enhance his style is imagery. He uses imagery to evoke an experience that will hopefully appeal to the senses of the reader. Shakespeare's use of imagery is very effective. However with the overall tone of the sonnet being both positive and negative, he produces both positive and negative imagery....

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