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Line 12 of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0139  Tuesday, 30 March 2010

From:         Bob Grumman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         March 29, 2010 12:08:51 PM EDT
Subject:      Line 12 of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

When I started reading the notes I've made on Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 for the book on it (and poetry in general) I hope to put together, I found I can't quite figure out its 12th line: "When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st." The line preceding this is, "Nor shall death brag thou wandr'st in his shade." 

I asked about the line at the poetry discussion group, New-Poetry, and got some good responses, but remain unsure about the line, so am repeating my question here. Any ideas about exactly each word in the line means? (i.e., I want more than the gist of the line.)

For a summary of the earlier discussion, go to Entry 122 at my blog at poeticks.com.

--Bob Grumman

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