- Jonathan F. S. Post
Along with the passions they voice, there are important recurring motifs in the Sonnets, lending a special rhythm to the whole. One of the most resonant is that of Time’s inexorable march, but there is also seasonal change and human mutability, and the corruptibility of relationships and bonds. ‘Further patterns and irruptions in the Sonnets’ also considers the strange, painful love plot that shadows the whole: the triangle linking the poet, the young man (or men), and the ‘dark lady’ in an unseemly and humiliating relationship. It also explains that we feel the speaker’s situation in the sonnets so intimately and intensely due to the brief action always being in the present.