Sonnet 2 Figurative Language

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In the given sonnet, the speaker is telling Time to keep off the person he loves. To convey how determined the speaker is to keep Time from affecting the object of the speaker’s love, he employs a strong triad of literary devices: imagery, personification, and apostrophe. Of the five senses that can be evoked through imagery, the speaker utilizes gustatory and visual stimulation in order to support his effort to keep time from affecting his loved one. The speaker starts off the sonnet by stating that time can, “. . . make the earth devour her own sweet brood,” (2) and, “Make glad and sorry seasons as though fleet’st,” (5). These quotes show how powerful the speaker sees Time as, how unavoidable its effects are. Even still, the author counters
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