Shakespeare’s Sonnet 60 is a representation of time as it passes by during one’s life. The
acknowledgement of the waves as they slowly approach the shore reminds us that our life is on a timetable. We start life as youthful, innocent beings. As time goes on, we age in our mind, body, and soul. Youth becomes aged and matured. The simile of the “waves” and “minutes” in the beginning lines gives us an opportunity to relate our own lives to the constant reminder that our time on earth is limited. Moving forward in day to day existence shows us how fast it moves, replacing old memories with newer ones. The thought of a vast sea is like life itself. An ocean is provided with immense space for waves to travel, and while it may take some longer than others to reach the shore, they all do eventually. Everyone is given life, and as they make their way through it, there comes the time where it ends. In this Sonnet, the culmination is the coming onto the shore. Time gives us a chance to make something of ourselves, but unintentionally it is responsible for putting a limit to what we can achieve in our lifetime. It claims our creation as well as our demise. There is no single thing that time cannot influence. Time unleashes its wrath on us as humans, but also on objects and places surrounding us. Time has declared it’s fury over famous celebrities, historic landmarks, and former presidents of the United States. Nothing can escape the inevitable. However, the poet gives the notion that their poems are going to be timeless. This concept can also be interpreted in that certain aspects of ourselves can be carried on through time even after it makes its fatal strike. A common way for us to extend our own legacies is through our children, who carry a piece of us with them as they battle time.

~Julia Ramsey


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