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Meter in Sonnet 19

Meter Examples in Sonnet 19:

Sonnet 19

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"ever live young..."   (Sonnet 19)

This line makes the same claim as the final line in Sonnet 18: “So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” Poetry can resist devouring time and preserve beauty and youth forever. However, unlike the formal strength that demonstrates poetry’s power in Sonnet 18, the weakness of the meter and rhyme in this line are an example of weak poetry that undermines his claim.

"wrong..."   (Sonnet 19)

On a formal level, the speaker’s final argument falls apart. The end rhyme of “wrong”/“young” is a slant rhyme, and does not offer the full forcefulness of a typical rhyming couplet. The meter of the final line is conspicuously weak as well. The pentameter falters on “ever,” which forces the syllables into unnatural stress patterns. The noticeable weakness of the final couplet underscores the weakness of the speaker’s fight against time. Despite his attempts to preserve his love through verse, time cannot be bested.

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