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Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? - 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.

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

  • Gold Star - 129,290 Points Fabrizio Frosini (4/2/2016 10:01:00 AM)

    in ITALIAN:

    Devo paragonarti a una giornata estiva? Tu sei più incantevole e mite. Impetuosi venti scuotono le tenere gemme di maggio, e il corso dell’estate e' fin troppo breve.Talvolta troppo caldo splende l’occhio del cielo e spesso il suo aureo volto e' offuscato, e ogni bellezza col tempo perde il suo fulgore, sciupata dal caso o dal corso mutevole della natura. Ma la tua eterna estate non sfiorirà, ne perderai possesso della tua bellezza; ne morte si vanterà di coprirti con la sua ombra, poiché tu cresci nel tempo in versi eterni. Finché uomini respirano e occhi vedono, vivranno questi miei versi, e daranno vita a te. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,309 Points Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/13/2016 6:46:00 AM)

    My favourite poem and i love it n like to hear it again and again (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 129,290 Points Fabrizio Frosini (2/6/2016 1:09:00 PM)

    This is one of the most famous of all the sonnets, justifiably so. But it would be a mistake to take it entirely in isolation, for it links in with so many of the other sonnets through the themes of the descriptive power of verse; the ability of the poet to depict the fair youth adequately, or not; and the immortality conveyed through being hymned in these 'eternal lines'. It is noticeable that here the poet is full of confidence that his verse will live as long as there are people drawing breath upon the earth, whereas later he apologises for his poor wit and his humble lines which are inadequate to encompass all the youth's excellence. Now, perhaps in the early days of his love, there is no such self-doubt and the eternal summer of the youth is preserved forever in the poet's lines. The poem also works at a rather curious level of achieving its objective through dispraise. The summer's day is found to be lacking in so many respects (too short, too hot, too rough, sometimes too dingy) , but curiously enough one is left with the abiding impression that 'the lovely boy' is in fact like a summer's day at its best, fair, warm, sunny, temperate, one of the darling buds of May, and that all his beauty has been wonderfully highlighted by the comparison.
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Poems About Summer

  1. 1. Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee To A Sum.. , William Shakespeare
  2. 2. Exhortation: Summer 1919 , Claude McKay
  3. 3. A Summer Day , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  4. 4. Summer , Alexander Pope
  5. 5. To Summer , William Blake
  6. 6. Summer Stars , Carl Sandburg
  7. 7. Summer Sun , Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. 8. Summer Morn In New Hampshire , Claude McKay
  9. 9. Indian Summer , Henry Van Dyke
  10. 10. Bed In Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. 11. Summer , John Clare
  12. 12. St. Martin's Summer , Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. 13. A Summer Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, G.. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  14. 14. A Man Young And Old: Viii. Summer And Sp.. , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Written On A Summer Evening , John Keats
  16. 16. Midsummer, Tobago , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. Summer In The South , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  18. 18. The Summer I Was Sixteen , Geraldine Connolly
  19. 19. Before Summer Rain , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. I See The Boys Of Summer , Dylan Thomas
  21. 21. A Night-Rain In Summer , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  22. 22. My Mother On An Evening In Late Summer , Mark Strand
  23. 23. Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night , William Ernest Henley
  24. 24. On The Idle Hill Of Summer , Alfred Edward Housman
  25. 25. In Spring And Summer Winds May Blow , Walter Savage Landor
  26. 26. Farm Boy After Summer , Robert Francis
  27. 27. Portrait Number Five: Against A New York.. , Jack Gilbert
  28. 28. Summer In The Mountains , Li Po
  29. 29. Summer Holiday , Robinson Jeffers
  30. 30. A Summer Afternoon , James Whitcomb Riley
  31. 31. An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie , Vachel Lindsay
  32. 32. Indian Summer , Dorothy Parker
  33. 33. In The Summer , Nizar Qabbani
  34. 34. Fair Summer Droops , Thomas Nashe
  35. 35. I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  36. 36. A Summer Sunrise , James Whitcomb Riley
  37. 37. Late Summer , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  38. 38. Summer Nights , Deborah Ager
  39. 39. Summer Evening , John Clare
  40. 40. The Summer Sun Shone Round Me , Robert Louis Stevenson
  41. 41. Summer Images , John Clare
  42. 42. 'Tis Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  43. 43. Summer Wind , William Cullen Bryant
  44. 44. When On A Summer's Morn , William Henry Davies
  45. 45. Moonlight, Summer Moonlight , Emily Jane Brontë
  46. 46. Tis The Last Rose Of Summer , Thomas Moore
  47. 47. Summer Dawn , William Morris
  48. 48. Early Summer Rain , Yosa Buson
  49. 49. In Summer , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. 50. Summer For Thee, Grant I May Be , Emily Dickinson
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