The main theme of William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73" is how a person is affected by growing older. In this sonnet, Shakespeare compares old age to the seasonal shift of autumn to winter, the passing of day to night and how a fire burns itself out when it is done burning.
The narrator in the sonnet also describes, to an unnamed lover, the role love plays as a person ages. The narrator tells his lover that aging and death should not destroy love as much as cause it to deepen. The narrator also describes how aging is harsh and empty, and by describing how aging feels, ultimately comes to terms with its inevitability.Learn More
The theme of Emily Dickinson's poem "Success Is Counted Sweetest" is that doing without something makes a person appreciate its worth more than actually having it does. The theme is revealed in the first two lines of the poem which read, "Success is counted sweetest / By those who ne'er succeed." In other words, no one appreciates the feeling of success better than a person who experiences failure.Full Answer >
The theme of Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," centers around the narrator being faced with two choices and making a decision of which is best. The speaker in the poem talks of coming upon two roads and having to decide which one to take. Whether the roads are literal or represent a fork in the road of life, similarities exist in the decision-making process.Full Answer >
"Still I Rise" is a poem by Maya Angelou that speaks to her ancestor's origins as slaves and her personal resilience in the face of opposition. "I rise" and variations of it are repeated throughout the poem to show that nothing can stand in her way.Full Answer >
The tone of the speaker in Edmund Spenser’s “Sonnet 75” is optimistic and romantic. The speaker writes the name of his ladylove twice in the sand, only to see the waves wash it away. Instead of admitting his love will “decay," though, the speaker promises his verse will eternalize her.Full Answer >