Study Guide

Sonnet 60 Tough-o-Meter

By William Shakespeare


(4) Base Camp

The toughest thing in Shakespeare's Sonnet 60 is its high-octane language. Especially in quatrain 2, he mixes metaphors with more crazy energy than a competitive bartender mixes drinks. Aside from that, though, the poem is very easy to connect to. Even though we'd rather not think about death all day, there's no question that all of us have had similar thoughts to those of the speaker.