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

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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,
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peyton 24 September 2019
what are 3 facts about this poem on sonnet 17 who will believe my verse in time to come
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peyton 24 September 2019
what are 3 facts about this poem
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Billy McHeath 18 February 2018
A wonderful eternal conceipt.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 30 July 2016
Thy eternal summer shall not fade! Outstanding desire expressed in a great poem.
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Fabrizio Frosini 02 April 2016
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.
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Uzefa Rashida M.a 13 February 2016
My favourite poem and i love it n like to hear it again and again
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Fabrizio Frosini 06 February 2016
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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Fabrizio Frosini 06 February 2016
1. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? This is taken usually to mean 'What if I were to compare thee etc? ' The stock comparisons of the loved one to all the beauteous things in nature hover in the background throughout. One also remembers Wordsworth's lines: We'll talk of sunshine and of song, And summer days when we were young, Sweet childish days which were as long As twenty days are now. Such reminiscences are indeed anachronistic, but with the recurrence of words such as 'summer', 'days', 'song', 'sweet', it is not difficult to see the permeating influence of the Sonnets on Wordsworth's verse. 2. Thou art more lovely and more temperate: The youth's beauty is more perfect than the beauty of a summer day. more temperate - more gentle, more restrained, whereas the summer's day might have violent excesses in store, such as are about to be described. 3. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, May was a summer month in Shakespeare's time, because the calendar in use lagged behind the true sidereal calendar by at least a fortnight. darling buds of May - the beautiful, much loved buds of the early summer; favourite flowers. 4. And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Legal terminology. The summer holds a lease on part of the year, but the lease is too short, and has an early termination (date) . 5. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, Sometime = on occasion, sometimes; the eye of heaven = the sun. 6. And often is his gold complexion dimmed, his gold complexion = his (the sun's) golden face. It would be dimmed by clouds and on overcast days generally. 7. And every fair from fair sometime declines, All beautiful things (every fair) occasionally become inferior in comparison with their essential previous state of beauty (from fair) . They all decline from perfection. ...
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