D2Liu - 1 Yuyang Liu English 2 Professor Schamp May 16,...

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English 2 Professor Schamp May 16, 2011 Love from “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day by Shakespeare “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” is presumably one of the most analyzed and spoken about William Shakespeare’s creations of his complete set of works. In his sonnet the author perpetuates the theme of love, the eternal feeling that remains vital for the whole humanity for all centuries and generations, passion, that powerful emotion comparable only with nature forces, individual beauty that inspires, lures and mesmerizes, gives wings for flying over the heavens and sun, somewhere that only two beating hearts make sense. What could have more powerful effect than masterly created comparison of a beloved with perfect nature phenomenon, “summer’s day”? The poem makes part of “the Fair Youth” that contains 126 sonnets dated starting since 1609 and is denoted as the part of so-called “Procreation sonnet”. As many scholars agree William Shakespeare keeps on applying in the sonnet for the theme of infinite life reachable due to the poesy (Jungman). The poem is interesting by its addressee in the context of the scholars’ version about “metaphorical procreation in a homosexual relationship” as the genuine intimate background of the author’s canvas (Neely). However, the specific order of the sonnets explained by the “decision of publishers” gives the reason to consider Shakespeare’s object of adoration to be a women (Jungman). What ever the assumptions might be, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” is worth the close attention as its emotional tinge brings the sun ray forever. The poetic techniques that William Shakespeare applies for play a crucial role in
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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D2Liu - 1 Yuyang Liu English 2 Professor Schamp May 16,...

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