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Essay on Sonnet 18Sonnet 18 by the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare may be one of his most famous sonnets with the opening line “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” as one of Shakespeare’s prominent quotations. The theme of this sonnet is about love and beauty which are common topics found in Shakespeare’s sonnets. He leaves his eternal love in this sonnet as it is read from century to century and hand to hand. Similar to sonnet 98, Shakespeare uses season in this sonnet to express his love and feelings. While sonnet 18 is merely a love sonnet, Shakespeare compares the imperfections of summer such as its shortness and the intense heat to his beloved one to make her as flawless and eternal as his love for her. Sonnet 18 is a comparison of “thee” (line 1) and “summer’s day.” The poet focuses on the beauty of his beloved as it is more perfect than summer. A summer’s day is bright, warm, full of sunshine and beautiful. However, the person who Shakespeare loves is more “lovely,” (line 2) expressing how Shakespeare views her personality which can be outgoing and bright, and energetic. She does not have the imperfections of summer as her beauty is eternal and will not fade with the changing of seasons. Shakespeare records his love with his words and this sonnet represents his love and her eternal existence. She will always be alive in his “lines” (line12) and it symbolizes her and gives life to her. Shakespeare’s beloved one will never be perished as she will be alive in his sonnet even centuries after she dies.The first quatrain begins to compare “thee to a summer’s day” with the opening line. However, the opening line is in a form of a question with “shall” (line 1). He is almost hesitating as to whether he should compare her to a summer’s day because is it qualified
enough to be compared to her? Shakespeare then continues onto line 2 about how she is “more lovely and more temperate.” This line is allowing the reader to visualize the image of a beautiful woman in their head. Shakespeare is describing how her beauty is above and beyond normal and her personality can be calm and gentle unlike the “rough winds” (line 3) that “shake the darling buds of May.” The month of May which symbolizes summer has

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