Time & Timelessness

Thoughts central to Shakespeare’s sonnets are beauty, procreation, nature and time. Personal beauty overcomes the ravages of time by procreation, “Die single and thy image dies with thee.”(sonnet 3) “For never-resting time leads summer on/To hideous winter and confounds him there;”(Sonnet 5)

In the twentieth century T.S. Elliot sees time as a static mental construct, less associated with change or nature, as though beauty; place and experience are potentially ever-present and less likely to be subject to time than in the 16’th century sonnets of Shakespeare.