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Imagery in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

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AS and A Level Sonnets

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Imagery in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

It's amazing how authors can induce thoughts or create an impression by a single word. The ideas that can be formed in our mind by a small phrase are powerful. Only the most talented and capable authors can provoke such feelings within us. Who is more than able to stir these feelings in a reader but William Shakespeare? His various plays keep us entranced and curious but it is his sonnets that strike a chord deep within us. Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is particularly powerful. He writes about a love that cannot be compared to anything in the world because of his deep infatuation.

Sonnet 18 is part of a group of 126 sonnets Shakespeare wrote that are addressed to a young man of great beauty and promise. Sonnet 18 focuses on the beauty of the young man and how beauty fades, but his beauty will not because everyone that reads the poem will remember it. The poet uses a number of images to portray the beauty of the youth.

Shakespeare starts the sonnet by implanting an image of a summer's day in our heads. In England Summer is considered

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