1.) But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
2.) O carve not with thy hours my love’s fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine ántique pen.
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty’s pattern to succeeding men.
Time and mortality are subjects often used in Renaissance poetry. Reason why I chose these two paragraphs is their connection between time and the motive of love in two different ways. The first paragraph is taken from Andrew Marvell’s famous poem “To His Coy Mistress”. In brief, this poem is talking about man’s attempt to seduce a woman with his poem and persuade her to have sex with him. The second paragraph is taken from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 19. Theme of this sonnet is time and its effect on us. Nothing last forever and everything has its end. Time takes away our beauty, our youth and life.
Time and love are two main subjects in these quotations. Both authors connect time with death and human mortality. Death reminds them of so little time they have to spend with their loved ones. They hate time because they want to spend eternity enjoying earthly pleasure that love gives to them. Marvell uses the personification of time, he says that we can hear Time coming. Time is coming to take us away from this world to the unknown place, vast eternity. Shakespeare is talking to Time, asking him not to change the beauty of this man he loves. Time destroys beauty making us look old and in the end it destroys us completely. They are looking at time from the aspect of love. Love is the reason why they want to stop the time and its devastating impact.
Each author has reasons why time is not suitable for them and their pleasure of love. Sonnet 19 is addressed to a man. Shakespeare is trying to stop time from committing a “crime”, that crime is not death of this man but destruction of his beauty. He’s focused on losing his beauty more than...