Sonnet_Analysis_Exemplar - Doe 1 Jane Doe ENG3U1 Ms Kim The...

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Doe 1 Jane Doe ENG3U1 Ms. Kim December 15, 2019 The Solution to Mortality in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 The overarching theme of the poem “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare is that beauty inevitably fades, but it can be captured eternal through the written word. The poem opens with a proposal: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (Shakespeare 1). However, the majority of the poem is spent by the speaker discussing how a summer’s day is inadequate to capture and describe the beauty of his beloved. For instance, the speaker declares that his beloved is far “more lovely and more temperate” (2) than summer can ever be. The speaker also states that summer has flaws, such as the fact that it has rough winds that “shake the darling buds of May” (3). Summer can also be “too hot” (5) and have a complexion that is “dimmed” (6)--most likely by the clouds. Indeed, these imperfections seem to disqualify summer as an adequate comparison to his beloved’s beauty. The

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