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Sonnet 60 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 60 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

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"Sonnet 60" tackles a theme common to many of William Shakespeare's sonnets: the relentless march of cruel, unfeeling time. Just as waves endlessly roll onto the shore, the speaker says, the moments of our lives endlessly roll forward toward death, robbing people of their beauty along the way. Part of what scholars call Shakespeare's "Fair Youth" sequence, the poem is addressed to a young man whom the speaker hopes to immortalize within the poem itself; the speaker argues that this sonnet will survive the test of time, and, in doing so, praise its addressee forevermore.

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