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Homework - Lit Notes & HandoutsNAME: ______________________________________________________ Date: ___________“Sonnet 18” AnalysisBackgroundWilliam Shakespeare wrote one hundred fifty-four sonnets. Poets usually wrote their sonnets as part of a series, with each sonnet a sequel to the previous one, although many sonnets could stand alone as separate poems.Shakespeare addresses Sonnets 1 through 126 to an unidentified young man with outstanding physical and intellectual attributes. The first seventeen of these urge the young man to marry sothat he can pass on his superior qualities to a child, thereby allowing future generations to enjoy and appreciate these qualities when the child becomes a man. In Sonnet 18, Shakespeare alters his viewpoint, saying his own poetry may be all that is necessary to immortalize the youngman and his qualities.11Source: Cummings Study Guides
Homework - Lit Notes & HandoutsSonnet 18William ShakespeareShall I compare thee to a summer’s day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate.