Semioticians

October 26, 2011

Step 1: Look at the words on the page, carefully noting which symbols are placed where.

Step 2: After noting the positions of the signifiers and symbols, picture in one’s mind the idea being established in the linear order.

Step 3: Think about why those specific words were chosen in favor of other possibilities, and the ambiguity of the possible meanings.

Step 4: Arrive at a conclusion for each line, based on the most likely meaning for each string of words.

Step 5: After coming up with a likely meaning for each line of the poem, bring them all together in order to unify the thought process.

Sonnet 65 starts with a description of symbols of strentgh one finds in the natural world. By going from brass, which as a metal comes from the ground in it’s pre-processed state, stone, earth itself which contains the previous items, and finally the sea, Shakespeare shows how things people see as strong can do nothing to affect beauty. It is the mortality of humanity that outshines these aspects of the world. None of these objects can stand against time, which is mentioned later on, in an effort to build up it’s importance. Time is repeated throughout the rest of the poem in an attempt to show it’s ever present nature. Finally, it is concluded that writing about love can save it, as text can live forever if preserved properly.

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