What Is One Metaphor in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 55"?

What Is One Metaphor in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 55"?

One metaphor in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 55" is, "But you shall shine more bright in these contents / Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time." In these lines, Shakespeare compares the memory of his subject to a brightly shining light.

Shakespeare uses another metaphor in these lines when he calls time "sluttish," personifying time by comparing it to a filthy, gross woman. A third metaphor in the poem occurs in lines 1 and 2: "Not marble, nor the gilded monuments / Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme." Here he compares statues, monuments and the sonnet itself to living beings with a lifespan.