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Comparison of Shall I compare thee? and My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun

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Comparison of "Shall I compare thee...?" and "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun..." Shall I compare thee...? 1 Shall compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of maie, And summers lease hath all to short a date: 5 Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dim'd, And every faire from faire sometime declines, By chance, or natures changing course untrim'd: But thy eternal summer shall not fade, 10 Nor loose possession of that faire thou ow'st, Nor shall death brag thou wandr'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st, So long as men can breath or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee. In this sonnet, Shakespeare is creating a mental picture of spring and summer to compare against his loved one. He uses the fact that fine and beautiful days are the creation of nature, and nature is constantly changing all the time. ...read more.

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I love to hear her speak, - yet well I know 10 That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go, - My mistress when she walks treads on the ground; And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare As any belied with false compare. Through line one to twelve Shakespeare is describing his mistress by using descriptions that other poets would have used and saying that his mistress has no such qualities. He almost insults her through the sonnet with these negative comparisons. Even though line nine; "I love to hear her speak," sounds as though Shakespeare is going to complement his, mistress, he changes the statement with the word "yet" and goes onto say that music "hath a far more pleasing sound." Shakespeare uses romantic objects and items such as coral, roses, perfume, music, and goddess in these descriptions. In a way Shakespeare is almost mocking the way other poets write and word their sonnets/poems by saying in line fourteen "As any belied with false compare," suggesting that other poets use false and insincere ways of describing their loved ones. ...read more.

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In "Shall I compare thee..." the feeling given by the first few lines is not insulting and humiliating like in "My mistress' eyes..." as you can see: "Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate" Compared to the first few lines in the second sonnet: "My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun coral is far more red than her lips red" And this shocking feeling of offence and harshness continues through to line twelve in the second sonnet. However, there are some dark points in the first sonnet as well, as death is mentioned in line eleven "Nor shall death brag thou wandr'st in his shade" And "rough winds" in line three. However, how harsh and sincere these sonnets may be, both have the conclusions with the similar idea that Shakespeare loves his woman so much that he doesn't need to give her false comparisons to do with beautiful items or beautiful things that don't last forever - his love lasts for eternity in the sonnet: "So long as men can breath, and eyes can see So long lives this, and this gives life to thee." ...read more.

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