Juxtaposition in Shakespeare
February 29, 2020 - February 29, 2020
Here is an example from https://domywriting.com/blog/analytical-essay/ "Sonnet 116": "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeksWithin his bending sickle's compass come:Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,But bears it out even to the edge of doom."Shakespeare is a bit more subtle than the unknown author above. Here, Shakespeare is saying love is eternal, yet beauty dies. The image of youth is juxtaposed here against the image of the grim reaper. In the next couplet he says that love won't fade, but, again, is eternal. However, he chooses once more to use a dark image, "the edge of doom" to lend power to the love he is writing about. The entire stanza personifies time and pits love against it.