Iyare 1 Destiny Iyare English 102 Professor Stromberg 14 November 2018 A Summer’s Day William Shakespeare is well-known for his Elizabethan sonnet with different themes and his famous plays like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. “Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day” is one of the many sonnets that Shakespeare composed. Like his other sonnets, in this poem, he shows his love and affection for a particular person, which in this case, to readers, is an unknown identity. People do not know the gender of the person or why the speaker is writing so admiringly about him/her. Shakespeare starts off by asking a rhetorical question: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (line 1). After the question, he begins to describe summer in a negative aspect because the beloved’s beauty is more lasting than summer’s dissolving characteristics, then he tells how the person is different from the season. Some of the disappointing claims he makes about summer are how the temperature can get too hot and how summer is too short. The poem, since it is a sonnet, ends with a couplet that says, even though the beloved person will someday die and lose their beauty, their beauty will forever live within the poem. Shakespeare uses an Elizabethan sonnet to compare a person of an indeterminate gender to a summer’s day by using seasonal imagery, metaphor, and hyperbole. Shakespeare uses seasonal imagery throughout the poem to compare the summer day and the speaker’s beloved. Shakespeare uses imagery in the poem to form an image in the reader’s
Iyare 2 mind. For example, in line three he writes, “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May”.