A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 12: ‘When I do count the clock’

Posted: November 16, 2016 by vequinox in Literature

Interesting Literature

A reading of a Shakespeare sonnet

‘When I do count the clock that tells the time’: so begins one of the more famous ‘Procreation Sonnets’, the suite of 17 sonnets that begin Shakespeare’s cycle of poems to the Fair Youth. But how should we analysis Sonnet 12? Below are some notes towards an analysis of this poem.

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silvered o’er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves,
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,

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