Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 — That time of year

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College prof walks you through the poem
MLA citation: Balcarcel, Rebecca. “Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 — That time of year.” Online video clip. Sixminutescholar. YouTube, 7 Apr. 2013. Web. DayMonthYearYouWatchedTheVideo.

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40 Responses

  1. hotaru juno says:

    Anyone here a day before exam..

  2. Ashwath Choudari says:


  3. Anushka Sinha says:

    Thanks a lot for the explanation. It is going to help me a lot in my studies.

  4. Ksh Pranita Singha says:

    I am so happy with the explanation. I could understand every part and every line. Thank you so much.

  5. Avi-YASH-ioN * FÛŽÎØŃŠ YashRoh.INDIA says:

    Hi Six minute scholar…I liked your explaination its was nice…and i have written this because i just want to explain that "Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by" which you found difficult to explain…Actually the line means that Fire has taken birth by the help of fuel thats wood its has been ignited only because of the nourishment of wood and it has started burning but now fire is burning and destroying even the wood into ashes…It has no feeling towards its nourished one..And it has just destroying the one that has given it nourishment…This line was explained by my teacher and i understood and i just told it…


    it's very interesting class!!

  7. Fida Mannu says:

    Fab …. Very cleary and imaginary explanation….

  8. Let's Learn English says:


  9. chemi fermi says:

    thank you so much. you broke open the poems so thoroughly. this is my favorite channel on youtube

  10. micah jones says:

    thanks, helped a lot

  11. Gautham.s Shankar says:

    I imagine shakspeare's IQ will be more than Einsteins..And our IQ who understand this poem without any help will be more than him

  12. Ghada Alomran says:

    big thumbs up

  13. Ghada Alomran says:

    thank you so much for this useful video pray for you to allah

  14. Damiru Dharmadasa says:

    Thank You soo much, i finally understand the sonnet, great analysis!! Thnx

  15. Ignacio Alvarez says:

    Fantastic video. "It's a tender goodbye." Thank you!

  16. Manas Mallik says:

    Appreciate your work….love it…very helpful for me thanks for this great video 🙂

  17. Quynh Anh Nguyen Dac says:

    I love this analysis so much. Thank you <3

  18. Aboo Swaleh Mosafeer says:

    Therapeutic balming solace dear Rebecca you are such a treasure a Gem..please keep enlightening me and 'us'….

  19. Danushi Perera says:

    Thank you so much…this helped ALOT!

  20. Sarah s says:

    Can you write the summary so that I could translate it into Arabic

  21. Time zaid says:


  22. Halle Castellaños says:

    This is going to get me through exams. Thanks!

  23. Sandeep Singh says:

    Thanks for elaboration, madam .

  24. Dong Keun Bae says:

    Thanka a lot, you gave me a much more clear interpretation of this sad and insightful peom than the one I have in Korean translation.

  25. Ishmael Forester says:

    'bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang'

    Arguably the greatest single line in English poetry, I mean poetry from England. Apart from its raw beauty, it suggests the rape of the monasteries and the old Church and the ruins that Henry VIII left all over England that are still there to this day. A very poignant line in terms of English history.

  26. Ishmael Forester says:

    What strikes me about this great sonnet is how better it is when a man recites with a measure of rage and rebellion. Then it becomes punk rock five hundred years early. It is about burning out in the flames and waste of your own passion. as nature does in her inevitable cycles of death and resurrection. It has more than a hint of Shakespeare's profound irony and sardonic wit as exhibited in his legendary tragedies. I honestly do not think it is as tender and gentle as you suggest. It's all about how you deliver it, like the character of Hamlet. Great video and well broken down .

  27. Sampath Jayakody says:

    Thank you very much

  28. lachiquilla01 says:

    What an interesting analysis! I especially loved your explanation of the play on words of "leave" from the couplet and the yellow "leaves" in the first quatrain. I hope you do more on Shakespeare! Thank you!

  29. Amalia Pedemonte says:

    Outstanding analysis. Thank you very much, Rebecca, best wishes!

  30. David Stephens says:

    What strikes one so forcibly is how relevant Shakespeare"s poems remain.Thanks!

  31. Mutasem Amayreh says:

    I literary adore your videos. Much of LOVE 🙂 Thanks!

  32. Pontus Andersson says:

    Thanks for this video.

  33. SixMinuteScholar says:

    Interesting! I will have to look at that. What a great idea! Thank you. This opens up a new window on the poem for me. Cool!

  34. Debbie Samuel says:

    Do you see references to Macbeth "Death's second self" and "seels up" in Macbeth "come seeling night" and to King Lear in not only Lear's aging process and mental decline, but also in the moment that he is parted by death, from Cordelia. Do you also see any references in "choirs" to Cymbeline – "our cage, we make a choir, as doth the prisoned bird" Debbie

  35. Ian McGarrett says:

    My first impression was that he is speaking to a lover, an impression largely influenced by the fact that this poem was in the midst of other poems which are addressed to a lover. If we strip it of that bias, perhaps it could equally be addressed to a son or daughter caring for an aged parent, or to the appreciative audience of a poet who is delivering his final farewell.

  36. Ian McGarrett says:

    I thing he might be being mildly ironic in his choice of mayst in the first line. Or it is possible his beloved might not see things in the same poetic fashion as he.

  37. SixMinuteScholar says:

    Ah, good point! You're saying that the beloved already understands that the speaker's death is near. Line thirteen supports that, saying "This thou perceivest." Does the beloved know it before line thirteen? Maybe the knowledge is dawning as the poem unfolds. Because line one says, "mayst," I wonder whether the knowledge has truly sunk in yet.

  38. Ian McGarrett says:

    You state that the speaker is revealing to his love that his days are numbered, but that isn't the case… the speaker is acknowledging that his love already knows that he hasn't long to live and because of that her love for him is all the more precious.

  39. SixMinuteScholar says:

    Glad it helped! I know it — those white letters on white. Darn. Black didn't work either. Lol. You're welcome!

  40. A Mahe says:

    Wow. This was helpful… Subtitles were brilliant.. although it did blend in to your sweater.. Lol.. Thanks

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