D2.Takahashi

D2.Takahashi - Takahashi 1 Yuka Takahashi Professor Schamp...

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Takahashi 1 Yuka Takahashi Professor Schamp English 2 16 th of May 2011 Love in “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” by William Shakespeare “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day" by William Shakespeare is without doubt one of this poet’s most renowned sonnets as a result of its capture of the essence of love in fourteen beautifully written short lines. The poem begins with an inquiry that the rest of the sonnet seeks to answer. The poet wonders namely whether he should compare his beloved to a summer's day. This flattering question seeks to highlight at once the beloved's graceful and beautiful characteristics. This is well confirmed when the poet proceeds to answer his question with the conclusion that his beloved is "both more lovely and more temperate" (2) than a summer's day. The speaker lists then some negative things about the summer: its shortness, "summer's lease hath all too short a date"(4), and too hot temperatures, "Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines"(5). The beloved's eternal and timeless beauty stands in contrast with this temporary and passing beauty of a summer's day. However, the poet clarifies that only through describing his beloved's beauty in the form of poetry could he manage to preserve it forever: "So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee"(13-14). "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" is thus an exploration of the way love, poetry, and beauty are intricately connected. Beauty is presented in the poem as a mortal force that is destined to be altered while love assumes a concrete and tangible form in the reader’s mind as a result of its linkage to imagery of beauty and warmth in Nature. Poetry is in its turn connected to both as it is
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