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Sonnet 18- Shakespeare
1. What literary device is used in the first line of the poem? Identify what is being
A Metaphor is used and sonnet 18 is being compared to a summers day 2. Why did the speaker choose this comparison?
The first reason Shakespeare compares the person he loves to summer is to link him to this time of great
beauty, great heat, and great passion. 3. Make a list of all of the words in the poem that are associated with “time”.
too short, dimm'd, changing course, fade, long lives, long as men can breathe 4. To what is “this” referring in the last line of the poem? The final quatrain of the sonnet tells how the beloved differs from the summer in that respect: his
beauty will last forever 5. What is the overall message or theme of the poem? Your response should cite at
least one line from the poem as evidence. to praise his beloved's beauty and describe all the ways in which their beauty is preferable to
a summer day. "But thy eternal summer shall not fade," ...
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