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Analyse Shall I compare thee to a summers day, first love and let me not, comment on which poem you like the best and why?

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Analyse Shall I compare thee to a summers day, first love and let me not, comment on which poem you like the best and why? Shall I compare thee to a summer's day is written by William Shakespeare and it is about him describing a person. It is most likely to be a lover because he is using language which is more generally associated with love. In the first two lines he say's that "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" He also says you are lovelier and more temperate. He is saying that you are even nicer than a summer's day and a nice person who is evenly tempered. He then uses references to the "darling buds of maie," these tell us that they are beautiful and a sign that summer is on its way. He then changes the mood of the sonnet by complaining about how Summer doesn't last any longer, it is too short. "And Sommers lease hath all too short a date." in lines five to eight he is personifying the sun, in line five he is saying that it is sometimes too hot, he uses a metaphor to say this about the sun, he describes the sun as the "eye of heaven", " Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines." ...read more.

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He then goes on to say in lines five to nine to speak about the effect of her beauty on him. His face turned pale almost a "deadly pale" and his "legs refused to walk away". He is transfixed with her and cannot move. His "life and all seemed to turn to clay." In the second verse he is saying that all the blood is rushing to his face and took his sight away. He is blushing which takes away his sight. He is blinded by love. We know that he cannot see because he goes on to say "the trees and bushes round the place seemed midnight at noonday." Even though it is midday it seems like it is midnight because he can't see anything. He say's in line sixteen that blood "burnt" round his heart, he uses alliteration, there is so much heat from the passion. In the third and final verse the themes change, instead of him talking about warm themes he turns them into cold themes. He is asking a question in line seventeen hoping that she will return his love. ...read more.

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In the last two lines he is using hyperbole, this is extremely exaggerated language and we know that these lines are false. "If this error be writ and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved." If this poem he has written is wrong and proven wrong to him, then he has never written before, and no man has ever loved. The poem I like best out of all three is First Love. The reason I think this is because it is the most inspiring and beautiful out of all three of them. The first love in your life is the best thing that will ever happen in your life, it is exciting, exhilarating and very enjoyable. John Clare makes the poem seem so romantic and makes you feel as if you were in that situation. The other poems although good, they lack what First Love does. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day is still a very poetic and beautiful poem, it is just describing the lover, not experiencing true love. Let me not is about being faithful and how true love can last forever and conquer time and any obstacles that stand in it's way. ...read more.

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