sonnet 18 vs to autumn - There are many similarities and...

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There are many similarities and differences between “Sonnet XVIII” by William Shakespeare and “To Autumn” by John Keats. I will be contrasting the theme, and comparing the rhyme scheme, meter and form between the two poems. The theme of both of these poems takes place in two different seasons, for instance “To Autumn” takes place during fall, while “Sonnet XVIII” is during the summer. In Keats’s “To Autumn”, he describes autumn as a goddess who can often be found sitting on the granary floor, and sleeping on patches of flowers. The theme to Keats’s “To Autumn” provides readers a calm and gentle sensation, demonstrated in stanza 2, line 3 and 4 “Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep.” While in Shakespeare’s “Sonnet XVIII”, he compares his loved one with summer which is expressed in the first two lines “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” stating that she is lovelier and more beautiful than the summer season. So the difference between the two poems is that Shakespeare compares a beautiful woman with summer, while Keats describes autumn to be a beautiful goddess. The rhyme schemes are also different, for “Sonnet XVIII” the rhyme scheme is in this order ABAB, CDCD, EFEF and GG a couplet at the end, but “To Autumn” has a different rhyme scheme, and it is ABAB, CDEDCCE.

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