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Visual Art and an Accompanying Original Sonnet

I decided to expand upon the idea of Time in the Sonnets in the form of visual art and a sonnet I wrote. The sonnet was definitely challenging to write, I definitely have more respect for Shakespeare’s work now in regards to his poetry skills. Having the iambic pentameter stay consistent throughout the lines was not easy.

In the Sonnets, Shakespeare speaks of personified Time. I really liked this idea so I decided to do something similar but use imagery seen in my visual art. In the picture, I wanted the puppet master’s hand to symbolize Time and its control over people who are constrained by this entity, as well as how Time “feeds” people through an hourglass slowly but surely until their eventual demise which I tried to show through the figure becoming bloody sand at the tiny opening. This opening, if you will, is sort of like the transition point between the upper and lower hourglass chambers and similarly, can be compared to Death who is the facilitator of the transition from this world to the next. I know Death isn’t emphasized in my visual art, but I wanted to keep the focus on Time and its “slave”.

In my sonnet, I wanted to emphasize the grandeur of Time and how it can be portrayed as cruel and merciless, which is why the hand is referred to as dark. However, I wanted the volta of the sonnet to show how Time alone cannot be blamed, since Death is the one who ultimately wins by letting Time do all the work up until the last few moments of a person’s life.

I know, lots of ideas compacted into these two representations. I was sitting on this idea for a while but had to experiment a lot.

Thanks for reading!


Slaves to Time

A constant, everlasting dimension

Thou art an unequalled phenomenon

O Time! Wherefore a cruel postulation

Art thou that pulls puppet strings as slaves age on?

The suff’ring slaves of you, sent straight down through

A most inescapable hourglass.

The wise once innocent, the old once new

Nothing is free once your clutches are cast.

Have you no mercy in your puppetry?

Poor souls doth twist and turn by your dark hand

Little grace is shown in your artistry

Tick tock, tick tock, no rest for slipping sand.

But even you are enslaved to fair Death

Who uses you to collect their last breaths.


Fathima) Sadiya Nazir (10138034)



On the Depiction of Time

Good day everyone!

Last week Tuesday in class we briefly talked about act 4, scene 1 in The Winter’s Tale in relation to choruses and their roles in the various plays. I soon inspired me to put down on paper what I thought Time would (or maybe should) look like in that one scene.

And this is what I came up with:
The Chorus of Time

Looking back at act 4 scene 1 we know that Time has wings: “Now take upon me, in the name of Time, / To use my wings.” (3-4)
Even though Time is the only character on stage, we do actually know the gender of Time. In the last set of lines in the scene, Time says: “If never, yet that Time himself doth say / He wishes earnestly you never may.” (31-32)

However up until that last little part I had first imagined Time as female!

Doing some more digging I found some more details on Time. Our edition of The Winter’s Tale has some nice info on pages 76-83 specifically on this topic, which also include some nice visual depictions of Time as well. It seems that Time was conventionally portrayed as a bearded old man, well, most of the time .(Haha!) Our text describes of one production in 1999, directed by Declan Donnellan, in which, it seems for the first, ahem, time, instead of a elderly bearded man, Time was, to everyone’s surprise, a youthful and attractive woman! So I was not alone!

I mean it only makes sense that Time would be young right? Since Time as a person is the personification of time, he/she should not be affected by time. Anyways…

Our text also mentions that Time carried an hourglass, as is reflected in the lines: ” Your patience this allowing, / I turn my glass, / and give my scene such growing / As you had slept between. ” (15-17) Another source I found stated that sometimes Time had a mirror instead. So in this case “glass” could be represented by either, but it seems the hourglass was more common so I went with that.

For my own personal touches, I thought that since I made her look pretty angelic, and since she is Time, I drew her halo in likeness to a clock. It turned out a lot less cheesy than I thought it would, I think.

And that’s pretty much it! Thanks for reading this far! One last thing, if you were a director, how would you portray Time? Old man? Young blonde? Something entirely different? Let me know in the comments!

-Ishmael Gowralli

The other source I found:
Rundus, Raymond J. “Time and His ‘Glass’ in The Winter’s Tale.” Shakespeare Quarterly 25.1 (1974): 123-125.