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Bo Yi Yao Instructor Schamp Eng 2 05/18/11 ‘Love should not be faded out’ --- Study of Shakespeare’s sonnet ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a summer day’ Not only is known as world famous play writer, William Shakespeare is considered to be one of the sonnet representatives in the history of literature world. Generally saying, the idea of sonnet initiated in the thirteenth-century Italy. While most sonnets address the themes of an unapproachable, beloved woman and author’s suffering, Shakespeare’s sonnets focus mainly in reflection on love, seasonal rhythms, human mortality, writing, and artistic immortality. Among those sonnets, Sonnet 18 ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer's day’ regards as the most famous love poem by people. By comparing his beloved to summer, Shakespeare indicates the way to keep love forever that is by putting in the form of poem. The paper will further discuss how love should not be faded out through explicit his love to his beloved, then he compares this love to summer beauty so as to emphasize his point of view, finally transit into poem to immortalize his love as poem will never be faded out, so will his love to his beloved. Initially, the poem is a methodology to express his love to his male partners. It is saying that Shakespeare’s Sonnets might be dedicated to Sir Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton or William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke (Jutta 11). In the first stanza, the
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