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Shakespeare's Exploration in Sonnet two of the Topics of Age and Beauty · Look closely at effects of speech, imagery and handling of this sonnet form. * Comment on manners in which the poem's methods and worries are characteristic of other Shakespeare sonnets you've studied. The second of Shakespeare's sonnets communicates a debate that the poet is making somewhat implicitly into a topic whose identity is vague and unknown to the reader in retrospect. The simplified debate is an attempt by Shakespeare to convince his subject to create an heir and therefore keep his beauty through his child, to prevent wasting such beauty. The opening quatrain through use of imagery focuses on the devastating effect that time has on beauty. The opening line copes with time concerning seasons, specifically winter. The imagery related to winter is possibly the most damaging of all the seasons, and an immediate sense of harshness and coldness appears, that has negative connotations with the idea of time. The term 'besiege', in a sense personifies period since the enemy and also is effective through the physical images it evokes. This has the effect of making the image vivid for the reader as he could almost visualise the conflict. The effect of the military imagery emphasised through words like 'besiege' and 'trenches 'backs this idea further and suggests almost there is a continuous warfare against time. This is also reflected through 'dig deep', which through the use of alliteration brings the viewers' focus on the specific language and stresses the idea of the bodily force of time. It further indicates via its rhythmic s.. .