POETRY PROJECT

Khaliq Slaughter

SONNET 18 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.

Analysis

In shake spears Sonnet 18 he is comparing someone to a summers day and says how the person is more lovely and more temperate than a summers day. He also explains how summer is to short , how the sun sets and how natures beauty fades but the person he is describing is described as an eternal summer and that the beauty of this person will never fade and will never be in the shade of death. Shakespeare was alive during the Elizabethan era and the English language has changed a lot since that time period because of this some of the words he uses we no longer in use or have different meanings entirely. Shakespeare's sonnet 18 is titled this because it is his 18th sonnet.Sonnet 18 is in iambic pentameter and a rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG the sonnet begins with a question and has many semicolons and colons and one period it is in a traditional form it has 14 lines. This sonnet is an extended metaphor comparing someone to a summers day though out most of the sonnet