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Wasted Time Bari Pollard, Taylor Love, Austin Crawford, and Shehyar Siddiqui


Track List

Title

Artist

Sonnet 19

William Shakespeare

Date (either publication/composition) 1609

On Time

John Milton

1630

Ozymandias

Percy Bysshe Shelley

1818

Yesterday

The Beatles

1965


17th Century Elizabethan Sonnet 19 by William Shakespeare The poem begins by describing the inexorable changes that come with time, but claims that despite this, the author’s love will withstand these forces and continue on. The contrast between inevitable death in the first half and the bold rebuke in the second half of the poem create a romanticsense of hope in the reader. This poem is a typical Shakespearean Sonnet, with an alternating rhyme scheme that ends the poem in a couplet, but several lines are imperfect rhymes. The poem takes on a first person perspective, speaking to time itself. The first four lines discuss time’s ability to “blunt” a lion’s claws or a tiger’s “keen teeth”. Lines 5-7 take this to a broader level, considering time’s effect on the seasons and the world overall. The main tone shift comes in line 8, where the speaker confronts time and orders it to leave his lover’s beauty unmarred. The ending couplet challenges time itself, claiming that despite time’s power to wear away everything, the author’s love and the poem will continue on. The sharp contrast between reverence of time in the first half and blatant defiance in the second half show the speaker’s conviction and willingness to fight even time for his love. The poem builds up a sense of despair, claiming that nothing withstands the test of time, but ends by giving an overwhelming sense of hope about the power of love.

This poem closely mirrors the view of time in Ozymandias, where eventually time does away with everything. However, this glum view is not very fitting in the Elizabethan Era, a time of peace and prosperity in England, and so the tonal shift of the poem creates a more optimistic point of view. Like the statue of Ozymandias, the poem becomes one of the few objects that do survive through time.

At least some images and design, please. Shakespeare 1564-1616 Most of his work was done between the ages of 25 and 49 Wrote 154 sonnets There are 38 plays

The traditional English sonnet style was made popular by Shakespeare Themes like time, love beauty, and death, were common at the time Many poems made references to other poets or important people of the time


17th Century On Time by John Milton I enjoyed this poem due to its idea of not living forever but just trying to survive in the present. The author, John Milton , has similar views on life as me in the way he believes life is just about taking the challenges of life on one step at a time. This poem is not a sonnet, it has an A, B, A, B rhyme scheme. I liked how he described the race with time as a “Call on the lazy leaden-stepping hours, whose speed is but the heavy Plummets' pace”. I took it as a slow race that is long and drawn out over a period of time. A good example of the acceptance of death would be where he said “Then long Eternity shall greet our bliss”. I like that fact that he wasn’t trying to be death over all. Just defeat the obstacles causing death such as war. This poem over was a great poem to read because it makes you realize that death isn’t something we need to run from, but just something we should accept.

Milton reflected his life into his poems. He struggled with blindness later in his life and showed this in one of his poems, Paradise lost. His poem “On Time” was about pushing through struggles in life just to keep on moving but to accept life and death for what it is, showing his life in his poems once again seeing as his life was very difficult having to deal with blindness and a divorce which was uncommon at the time.

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John Milton Born:9 December 1608 Died:8 November 1674 He went blind. He believed in monism. Wrote a famous poem about blindness called Paradise Lost.

Repetition Metaphors and Personification were a major role in his writing.


Romantic Age Ozymandias by Percy Shelley Ozymandias is a poem about the pharos of Egypt and how they would build all of these amazing things but in the end, time would erode them away. Ozymandias is a sonnet that starts with an ABAB pattern but then it loosens slightly to become ACDC, and then EFEG, and the last two lines are HG. This pattern is interesting because just like the subject of the poem the structure starts to decay. This poem should be read because it clearly describes that even the greatest of empires will fall eventually and that the effects of humans on the planet are not permanent.

The poem Ozymandias is actually the poem we started with before decided all of the others that we would use. We were captivated by the simplicity and straight forwardness of the poem with its theme of nothing last forever and even the great kingdoms of ancient times eventually fell. Shelley was an atheist so he would not have believe in life after death which is also an idea that is present in this poem.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (17921822) He was a Vegetarian, an atheist, and his first wife committed suicide.

Shelley uses Parallelism, personification, and imagery.


Yesterday The Beatles Yesterday, All my troubles seemed so far away, Now it looks as though they're here to stay, Oh, I believe in yesterday. Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be, There's a shadow hanging over me, Oh, yesterday came suddenly. Why she Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say. I said, Something wrong, now I long for yesterday. Yesterday, Love was such an easy game to play, Now I need a place to hide away, Oh, I believe in yesterday. Why she Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say. I said, Something wrong, now I long for yesterday. Yesterday, Love was such an easy game to play, Now I need a place to hide away, Oh, I believe in yesterday.

This song does not say anything new to culture because the idea of the regret that comes along with losing someone you love has been used repeatedly throughout history. The lyrics of “Yesterday” can closely be related to numerous poems and many of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr were active from 1960-1970. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "Yesterday" has the most cover versions of any song ever written. In 2000, "Yesterday" was voted the #1 Pop song of all time by MTV and Rolling Stone Magazine. According to producers, Paul McCartney composed this song in a dream while spending the night at his girlfriend’s house, and after waking, wrote it down quickly to avoid forgetting the tune. The Beatles write this song about a man whose woman leaves him and his wishes to go back in time because he now suffers the consequences of losing his love. This song can be related to the theme of time because the song writer wants to go back in time as a result of the changes that his relationship with his woman has undergone.


Wasted Time  

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