The oneword that is repeated in Shakespearian sonnets is the word “time.”All through the works, and particularly towards the beginning, Shakespearetries to depict the glorified excellence of the male object of the sonnets,however continually alluding to the way that such magnificence will shrivel andblur with the progression of time. Time is such a key subject of the greaterpart of his works that he either tries to deify his adorer’s magnificence inhis verse. He compares time to a supplier and taker of youth and resists itsunavoidable appropriation by retaining his consideration in adapting immaculateverse which shouts and mimics his love’s excellence and gives a habitation toit inside the limits of his words.
Time to Shakespeare is an authority, adeity, a part of life which can’t be changed, however can be tested through hispoetry. In many of theSonnets, Shakespeare portrays time as an authority. In Sonnet 126 it shows ushow time battles with nature, a good example is the lover said.
“If Nature,sovereign mistress over wrack,/ As thou goest onwards, still will pluck theeback,” (5-6). He states that even though nature needs to keep up with his lover’syouth, time is owed his due and nature will eventually have “to renderthee”. He gives time human attributes which then makes it easier to figureout why beauty has to fade and in the end, pass on. In Sonnet 15, Shakespeare showstime as the foe to beauty, “Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay/ To changeyour day of youth to sullied night,/ And all in war with Time for love of you” (11-12).Shakespeare is stating that time and decay is debating on how it can corrupthis lover’s youth, and that he is basically trying to tell his lover that hewill protect his lover from the wrath of Time.Time is seen as anauthority, however now Shakespeare perceives Time as a deity, one with theability to give and take life.
In Sonnet 126, Shakespeare clearly states “And Time that gave doth now his giftconfound” (8) Time is the cultivator and reaper of beauty and youth, “Andnothing stands but for his scythe to mow” (12). As you can see Time ismentioned twice, Shakespeare is realizing that Time is somewhat like a god,saying that it is the creator and destroyer of beauty and youth. Also in Sonnet126, the personified time utilizes a sickle to procure his collect. Thismetaphor for time is greedy, hurried, and unbiased. It reclaims creation afterits pinnacle and delivers it once again.
Shakespeare is involved with thisdevastation of beauty and youth and wishes to intercede with catching theircharacters essences before they are lost to time. Since his Sonnets havedemonstrated fit to bear the trial of time. He succeeded in protecting thisbeauty in it’s purest possible form using poetry.