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Unformatted text preview: SHAKESPEARES SONNETS # 18, 73 AND 116 SONNET 18 Shakespeare addresses his handsome youth, or lover. He begins to compare the boy to a summer day, but the boy is more pleasant and lovely. He criticizes summer: Right before summer there are rough, gusty winds. Also, summer itself is way too short. Sometimes the sun can get so strong that it distracts from the natural shine and beauty of the boys face. Summer, to Shakespeare, is so ephemeral and it is inevitable that even the most beautiful, blossoming things in summerlike luscious flowers and green pastures lose their beauty by chance or with the natural changes of the seasons. Summer is connotated with life, happiness, and natural beauty. Thus Shakespeare says that in contrast the boys summer is eternal- he will always be beautiful and it wont ever fade because he owns it. This poem naturally and undeniably gives him his immortality because it allows Shakespeare to give life to thee, as once it is written it is forever...
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