William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18) - Poem by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare

  • Mary-lisa Russo (9/30/2016 8:57:00 PM)


    Eternally breathtaking... (Report) Reply

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  • Dipankar Sadhukhan (9/26/2016 6:35:00 PM)

    One of the best sonnets ever...
    One of the best sonnets ever.... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Alrazak (7/2/2016 3:57:00 PM)


    wonderful elegunce at its peak (Report) Reply

  • Ludolf Dauphin (6/19/2016 3:44:00 AM)


    One of my all time favorite poem... a truly a masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/16/2016 7:42:00 AM)


    Dimmed! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Jane Urhobocha (3/6/2016 12:17:00 PM)


    Amazing, intriguing and beautiful (Report) Reply

  • (3/2/2016 8:17:00 PM)


    Brialliant and one of a kind. (Report) Reply

  • (1/12/2016 6:04:00 PM)


    ........a most beautiful poem and one of my favorites ★ (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/5/2016 11:04:00 AM)


    Sonnet 18 is the best known and most well-loved of all 154 sonnets. It is also one of the most straightforward in language and intent. The stability of love and its power to immortalize the subject of the poet's verse is the theme.

    [BTW.. A sonnet is in verse form and has fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. Shakespeare's sonnets follow the pattern abab cdcd efef gg, and Petrarch's sonnets follow the pattern abba abba cdecde. All the lines in iambic pentameter have five feet, consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one.]
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  • Alisha Castle (12/28/2015 11:53:00 AM)


    Awesome and nice poetry work (Report) Reply

  • (12/25/2015 1:51:00 PM)


    Enchanting (Report) Reply

  • (12/25/2015 1:23:00 PM)


    Excellent... (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/12/2015 11:04:00 AM)


    in ITALIAN:

    « Posso paragonarti a un giorno d'Estate?
    Tu sei più amabile e più tranquillo.
    Venti forti scuotono i teneri germogli di Maggio,
    E il corso dell'estate ha fin troppo presto una fine.
    Talvolta troppo caldo splende l'occhio del cielo,
    E spesso la sua pelle dorata s'oscura;
    Ed ogni cosa bella la bellezza talora declina,
    spogliata per caso o per il mutevole corso della natura.
    Ma la tua eterna estate non dovrà svanire,
    Né perder la bellezza che possiedi,
    Né dovrà la morte farsi vanto che tu vaghi nella sua ombra,
    Quando in eterni versi nel tempo tu crescerai:
    Finché uomini respireranno o occhi potran vedere,
    Queste parole vivranno, e daranno vita a te. »
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  • (11/12/2015 3:49:00 AM)


    wow what a poem (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2015 1:12:00 AM)


    Always been a favourite poem of mine :) (Report) Reply

  • Reyvrex Questor Reyes (10/9/2015 6:58:00 PM)


    Shall I compare thee to a blooming rose?
    Arrayed now, for admiring eyes to see
    That so inspired this sweet emboldened prose,
    In awe of beauty, spread for every bee.
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/19/2015 6:14:00 PM)


    Masterpiece, Undisputed poetic king........................... (Report) Reply

  • Matthew Turner (9/2/2015 8:10:00 PM)


    That was so dope.... Im just kidding it was the worst poem in history dudeee... (Report) Reply

    Matthew Turner Matthew Turner (9/2/2015 8:15:00 PM)

    dude that was so harsh

  • (6/9/2015 7:49:00 PM)


    I Love shakespeare works so classical (Report) Reply

  • Khaoula Basty (5/31/2015 1:11:00 AM)


    sublime poem! I like t (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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