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Sonnet 65 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 65 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

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"Sonnet 65" was written by the English Renaissance poet and playwright William Shakespeare and first published in 1609. The poem's speaker mourns the fact that everything is subject to the passage of time and wonders how something as delicate as beauty can possibly survive when even the strongest things on earth eventually crumble and decay. Yet there is one thing, the speaker ultimately argues, that can withstand time's relentless siege: poetry itself—and, importantly, the love expressed within it. "Sonnet 65" belongs to Shakespeare's “Fair Youth” sonnets, a sequence of poems addressed to a handsome young man.

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