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William Shakespeare And A Summary of Sonnet 18
Sometimes the sun is too hot, and its golden face is often dimmed by clouds. All beautiful things eventually become less beautiful, either by the experiences of life or by the passing of time. And you will never die, as you will live on in my enduring poetry. As long as there are people still alive to read poems this sonnet will live, and you will live in it. The main theme in Sonnet 18 is the timelessness of love and beauty, death and immortality, and in particular the immortality of art. Also, the power of poetry over fate, death, and even love. The sonnet is concerned with the relationship between man and the eventual death he will encounter.
Sonnet 18 original text
The poem was likely written in the s, though it was not published until Like many of Shakespeare's sonnets, the poem wrestles with the nature of beauty and with the capacity of poetry to represent that beauty. It then develops a highly original and unusual simile: the young man's beauty can be best expressed by comparing him to the poem itself. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;. Select any word below to get its definition in the context of the poem.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 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. SHall I compare thee to a Summers day?