William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnets Xviii: 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 dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st 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 Sonnets Xviii: Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? by William Shakespeare

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/5/2016 12:44:00 PM)


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  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:21:00 PM)


    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2013 5:24:00 AM)


    A wonderful and very moving sonnet. (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2008 2:16:00 PM)


    Poet's Eye
    Every living beauty has to die if not seen by a poet's eye.....my poem for Shakespeare
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  • Egal Bohen (2/9/2006 6:00:00 PM)


    To William Shakespeare, in your own words:
    'So long as men can breath or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee' - absolute genius
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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