ENG0907 HW Sonnet 18 - Homework Lit Notes Handouts NAME Date Sonnet 18 Analysis Background William Shakespeare wrote one hundred fifty-four sonnets

ENG0907 HW Sonnet 18 - Homework Lit Notes Handouts NAME...

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Homework - Lit Notes & Handouts NAME: ______________________________________________________ Date: ___________ “Sonnet 18” Analysis Background William 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 so that 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 young man and his qualities. 1 1 Source: Cummings Study Guides
Homework - Lit Notes & Handouts Sonnet 18 William Shakespeare Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

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