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>>>>Shakespeare Sonnet XV meaning HELP
Posted by: Jimmy (
Date: November 04, 2000 11:25PM

Any help out there would be REALLY appreciated.

I need help on defining the meaning of this poem by Shakespeare:

When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and cheque'd even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay,
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
And all in war with Time for love of you,
As he takes from you, I engraft you new.

I can't understand a word on what Shakespeare's trying to say here!
Anyone out there know the meaning of this Sonnet??
I think it's about love, but im not sure.......

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