Shakespeare's Sonnet 55
...Sonnet 55 by William Shakespeare Introduction: Sonnet 55, "Not marble nor the gilded monuments"composed between 1593 and 1609, deals with Shakespeare's belief in the power of his work; that his poems contain the elements of immortality that ensure they will last, no matter how much time passes or what events occur. In the context of earlier sonnets, the poem continues the theme of the beloved, the Fair Youth, the object to whom his words give immortality. Through his work, the loved one will live beyond the ravages of time. The speaker is the poet, it is his voice we hear throughout; the tone is confident, tender, exultant and finally certain that all he says is true... The Speaker and the Tone in...