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Michelle Tran February 7, 2016 English II Period D Sonnet 18 Sonnet 18, written by William Shakespeare, was the most popular amongst his other 154 sonnets. The sonnet starts off by praising a beloved’s beauty and, as we slowly progress through the rest of the sonnet, transforms this beloved’s beauty into something almost immortal. It is as if Shakespeare is describing his beloved as a perfect being. In Sonnet 18’s octave, he starts off with a question and a quick statement of his beloved “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate:”(1-2). In contrast to his beloved in being mild/constant and beautiful, he continues in his octave to describe summer as season with that brings unpleasant extremes of windiness and heat. But near the end in his sestets, Sonnet 18 takes a turning point when he states, “But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,”(9-10). Shakespeare moves on from bashing summer and the limitations in nature, to declaring that the beloved he’s speaking to is not subjected to any of the characteristics of summer. Shakespeare uses personification and alliteration to enable readers to visualize the

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