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This sonnet bears many striking similarities to Sonnet 60, which is also about constancy in the face of the vicissitudes of nature. Like Sonnet 116, it uses natural imagery like the "waves make towards the pebbl'd shore." There is also a reference to Time with His scythe, bearing down on the poet with a morbid certainty. "Time's fell hand" also makes an appearance in Sonnet 64, which is also about the ravages of Time and the despair which comes with death. In both of these poems the volta marks a point where the poet considers his love's position in the uncertainty of time's arrow. In sonnet 60, he decides to go on "Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand," whereas in Sonnet 60 he decides to weep. Both also begin with couplets which compare love to nature, as in beaches or ruined castles. These sonnets demonstrate Skaespeare's fascination with death and it's effect on intensifying love for another human.