When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd

Shakespeare, William

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Sonnet

Annotated by:
Chen, Irene
Aull, Felice
  • Date of entry: May-07-2001


Shakespeare considers the destructive power of time: it can ruin "lofty towers" and destroy land and bodies of water. He realizes that time will eventually tear him from his beloved, and mourns her death to come.

Primary Source

The Histories and Poems of Shakespeare


Random House

Place Published

New York


V. 2, Modern Library