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There is a passage in William's V sonnet that confounds me :

For neuer resting time leads Summer on,

To hidious winter and confounds him there,

Sap checkt with frost and lustie leau's quite gon.

Him is also present in the version of sonnet V with modernized spellings. Why? I was looking for an answer in the Web, but the research I found focuses on "scandalous" aspect of pronouns in William's sonnets.

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    Summer is personified. Note the word is commenced with a capital letter. – Michael Harvey Sep 13 '19 at 15:34
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    @Michael Harvey Would Shakespeare get away with 'him' nowadays? – Edwin Ashworth Sep 13 '19 at 16:06
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    Poets often use (um) poetic language. Even today. – GEdgar Sep 13 '19 at 16:37
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    Edwin - I don't see why not. Summer, my bright warm friend/Has warned me of his impending end. I just made that up. Looks fine to me, but then I suppose it would. – Michael Harvey Sep 13 '19 at 21:38
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    Spring, that sweet young girl/Her fresh new charms will soon unfurl. I could get to like doing this. – Michael Harvey Sep 14 '19 at 9:56

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