Shakespeare's Sonnet 73: Summary, Theme & Analysis


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In the first quatrain of Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 73', what does the aging speaker compare himself to metaphorically?

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1. In the second quatrain of 'Sonnet 73', what image does Shakespeare use to create a metaphor for growing old?

2. In the third quatrain of 'Sonnet 73', Shakespeare uses what image to make a metaphor for a life that's nearing its end?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Shakespeare's sonnets often have more meaning than the words on the page imply. This worksheet covers the meaning of Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 73' while explaining the usage of quatrains and couplets. The interactive quiz will test your knowledge on these topics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to evaluate your understanding on:

  • Quatrains
  • Couplets
  • Poetry metaphors
  • Interpreting sonnets

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - confirm you interpret and understand the meaning and explanation of 'Sonnet 73'
  • Critical thinking- apply understanding of metaphors to analyze this and future literature you may read
  • Interpreting information- verify you can read information regarding Shakespeare's pieces and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about Shakespeare and his work, review the accompanying lesson on 'Sonnet 73'. You will cover the following objectives:

  • Read the poem in its entirety
  • Determine the sonnet's structure and how it's used
  • Review important themes
  • Unearth metaphors in the sonnet