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Context 15th century poem by Shakespeare

Voice/Perspective From Shakespeare first person
o Written to a man
Very formal
o Rhyme, rhythm, structure, language

Situation Exploring the nature of being `in love'
o Many about love being a permanent, unchanging thing,
though things around it (age, hardship)

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Rhyming couplet at end puts emphasis
on the idea it suggests
o Often used for poems about love
Formal pattern
o Sestet, octet, Iambic pentameter
o 10 ish syllables in each line (11 in some, 9 in others)
Caesura in last line creates pause and highlights nor no man


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