Read the following excerpt from Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73" and answer the question.

That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

Why have the birds figuratively stopped singing?

A)Because they were too late.
B)Because it is too hot.
C)Because the choir is gone.
D)Because it is winter.

2 Answer

  • D)Because it is winter.

    You can tell because there are only yellow leaves or none and the branches are cold.

    Hope that helps.
  • The seasons of the year are used commonly in Shakespeare's poetry to represent the life of a person; spring as the early years, summer as the youth, autumn as the mature years and winter as the end of the life cycle. Figuratively, the sweet melody of the birds has ceased for the birds migrate in winter. The absence of the birds is due to the final season, winter.