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Sullivan Emily Sullivan Mrs. Cox Eng. 1020 November 16, 2017 Literary Analysis on “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 116” Shakespeare is a well-known writer of the 1500s whose main works were poems and plays. He wrote a total of one hundred and fifty-four sonnets or plays and of them, Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 116 are the some of the most popular. In Sonnet 18 , the main theme is love and the power it has to immortalize someone through writing. In Sonnet 116 , the main theme is that love is unchanging and constant and shall conquer all. It is expressed through both poems that love is eternal and forceful taking on any obstacles life throws at it. In Sonnet 18 , Shakespeare compares his lover to a summer’s day. In line two, he writes “thou art more lovely and more temperate,” the meaning behind this is that his lover is more lovely and even tempered than any summers day. He continues by saying “and every fair from fair sometimes declines, by chance or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d; but thy eternal summer shall not fade” (lines 7-9). He is conveying that although summer ends and all the flowers die and trees become cold and bare that in his eyes his lover’s beauty will never fade.

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