Presentation by Megan LambertSONNET 73
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April of 1564
Married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582
The next mention of Shakespeare in history is when other London playwrights mention him in jealousy.
Through these lost 7 years, Shakespeare had gone from a normal, middle class man to a well-known poet, actor, and playwright in London.
Biography (contd.)When London theaters closed due to plague from January 1593 to Spring 1594, Shakespeare turned to poetry.
Became a charter member of Lord Chamberlains Men, a London theater company.
Produced a steady stream of quality plays from 1594 to 1599
Entered a period of writing tragic works from approx. 1599 (the writing of Hamlet) to 1608
Turned again to more light-hearted works in 1608
Died on April 23, 1616 due to unknown causes.
Probably written between 1592 and 1597
Sonnets were popular at this time, & Shakespeare could not work at the theaters due to plague.
May have been written to encourage the Earl of Southampton to marry.
Most of the sonnets were probably not intended to be published.
Seem to be addressed to a young male, although only 25/154 of the sonnets mention a male
Published without Shakespeares permission by Thomas Thorpe in 1609.
Sonnet 73:Part of a group of sonnets (71-74 and 81) dealing with death
Uses late autumn, twilight, and the extinguishing embers of a fire as metaphors for old age
Seems to have come to accept the reality of death ( the death bed whereon it must expire,  thou must leave ere long.
Ties the sonnet back toward the younger male by saying he must understand that the authors life is finite, to make his love stronger.
Wrote this work on death while in his late 20s/ early 30s
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