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Dampier 1Hannah DampierENGL 3413: British Lit to 1800November 7, 2014Dr. SteinShakespeare Sonnet 18William Shakespeare is known as one of history’s great writers, and possibly the greatest out there. During his time he wrote multiple works, including his famous plays and poems. Oneof his most famous pieces would be Sonnet 18. This sonnet was written for a girl that Shakespeare longed to love and cherish forever. He writes about her in this sonnet, comparing her to a perfect summer day. I chose to look at the first ten lines of this sonnet, not only because they take up the majority of the poem, but because I like the way that Shakespeare uses different literary devices to describe the beauty of his love and make her live forever.The sonnet opens with the question, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The question being rhetorical, he is telling the reader of the poem, supposedly his love, that the rest ofthe poem is going to be a comparison of her a beautiful day in summer. He says thee, showing that he is speaking directly to his love and that this sonnet was not written for entertainment purposes. He answers his question in the next line by diving into this comparison. “Though art more lovely and more temperate.” Not only is this woman as good as this day, but she is better.

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