The one word that is repeated in
Shakespearian sonnets is the word “time.” All through the works, and
particularly towards the beginning, Shakespeare tries to depict the glorified
excellence of the male object of the sonnets, however continually alluding to
the way that such magnificence will shrivel and blur with the progression of
time. Time is such a key subject of the greater part of his works that he
either tries to deify his adorer’s magnificence in his verse. He compares time
to a supplier and taker of youth and resists its unavoidable appropriation by retaining
his consideration in adapting immaculate verse which shouts and mimics his love’s
excellence and gives a habitation to it inside the limits of his words. Time to
Shakespeare is an authority, a deity, a part of life which can’t be changed.

In many of the Sonnets, Shakespeare
portrays time as an authority. In Sonnet 126 it shows us how time battles with nature,
a good example is the lover said. “If Nature, sovereign mistress over wrack,/
As thou goest onwards, still will pluck thee back,” (5-6). He states that even
though nature needs to keep up with his lover’s youth, time is owed his due and
nature will eventually have “to render thee”. He gives time human
attributes which then makes it easier to figure out why beauty has to fade and
in the end, pass on. In Sonnet 15, Shakespeare shows time as the foe to beauty,
“Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay/ To change your day of youth to
sullied night,/ And all in war with Time for love of you” (11-12). Shakespeare
is stating that time and decay is debating on how it can corrupt his lover’s
youth, and that he is basically trying to tell his lover that he will protect
his lover from the wrath of Time.

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Time is seen as an authority, however
now Shakespeare perceives Time as a deity, one with the ability to give and
take life. In Sonnet 126, Shakespeare clearly states  “And Time that gave doth now his gift
confound” (8) Time is the cultivator and reaper of beauty and youth, “And
nothing stands but for his scythe to mow” (12). As you can see Time is
mentioned twice, Shakespeare is realizing that Time is somewhat like a god,
saying that it is the creator and destroyer of beauty and youth. Also in Sonnet
126, the personified time utilizes a sickle to procure his collect. This
metaphor for time is greedy, hurried, and unbiased. It reclaims creation after
its pinnacle and delivers it once again. Shakespeare is involved with this
devastation of beauty and youth and wishes to intercede with catching their
characters essences before they are lost to time. Since his Sonnets have
demonstrated fit to bear the trial of time. He succeeded in protecting this
beauty in its purest possible form using poetry.

Lastly in many of Shakespeare’s sonnets
he uses time in a way to show how it’s a part of life that can’t. In sonnet 18
Shakespeare states “and
summer’s lease hath all too short a date”(4). Through this quote, we can
start to get an understanding of what Shakespeare is trying to portray, which
is life is too short and that there’s not enough time to do everything we love.
 This quote not only states that there
isn’t enough time but, it’s another way of Shakespeare emphasizing his eternal love.  Also in sonnet 18, Shakespeare quotes “rough
winds do shake the darling buds of May,”(3). As you can see in this quote
the rough winds are time and the buds are people. This quote alone is able to
explain how time is something you can’t control in life and that all you can do
is live life as time goes on. It’s also stating that time is inevitable and no
matter how hard we try we can never escape it. Its apart of our life which can
never be changed. This quote really does stress the idea on how time an
unchangeable part of our life. 

In conclusion, time is the most
important word throughout Shakespeare’s sonnets because it has a lot of
meaning, it isn’t only known as a continued progress of events from the past,
present and future but, rather is it an authority, deity and apart of life that
can never be changed and we were able to see all of those throughout
Shakespeare’s sonnets.