Volume 6, Numéro 5, Pages 175-180
Authors : Leila Bellour .
Abstract: This paper probes into the notion of time in William Shakespeare’s sonnets that are addressed to a young man who is accorded a high prestige in the first 126 sonnets. Time, for the poet, is the arch-enemy that breaks the unifying force of love. It is the chief devourer of beauty that brings about alternations, decay, and the tragic event of death. Out of his immense friendly and Platonic love for the youth, as the paper evinces, the poet tries to find means of achieving immortality to combat the destructive power of time which devastates and dilapidates everything. My humble paper shows Shakespeare’s responsiveness to time and how he makes it possible for the youth to leave records of his resplendent qualities, including beauty, and how he enables him to remain alive in others’ minds and hearts even after death.
Time, immortality, William Shakespeare, sonnets, art, procreation.
Ben Abdenour Ahmed