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How is the subject of love explored through 'Even Thou' and 'Shall I Compare Thee To a Summers Day'? This essay will explore and compare two poems. The first poem is 'Even Thou". I don't think that the title gives off any information on what the poem is about. The second poem is "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day'. I do think that the title of the second poem gives off information on what the poem will be about because it translates as, 'Shall I Compare You To A Summers Day' and summers day's are usually bright and beautiful. The first poem was written by Grace Nichols. I think Grace Nichols' point of the poem is to show that even when you have sex with someone you still are able to stay independent. Grace Nichols shows this by using lots of positive words. In my opinion the general message of 'Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day' is that Shakespeare's' lover is better than a summers day. ...read more.


But words are repeated in 'Even Thou' and this does create a sort of rhythm. The second poem is a sonnet so the poem keeps to the usual sonnet structure of 4 stanzas, 3 of which have 4 lines, the other only has 2. Every other line rhymes. The rhyme makes the poem more fluent. The first poet uses words like "hug, carnival, fruit, and love". These words make me feel happy. Grace Nichols also uses words like "plum", could she be referring to the inside of a vagina? Other words that Grace Nichols uses are words like "sea moss", keeping to the main image of sex could she be comparing sea moss with hairy genitals? When Grace Nichols uses these words it makes the reader imagine to feel what she feels when she is having sex, because everything she says appears to be positive. The second poet uses words like "complexion, changing course untrimm'd, and eternal". ...read more.


William Shakespeare speaks about mortality and immortality because he writes about someone and means that they will live forever in his memory. The two poems are different in that, 'Even Thou' is about sex, and 'Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day' is about love. 'Even Thou' also appears an easier poem to be able to understand. After reading it through a couple of times you are able to understand the general message of the poem. Whilst 'Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day' appears to be more difficult. Personally I think that I prefer the poem 'Even Thou' because it is a more powerful and moving poem and even though you have to look at what some of the words could mean it is easy to understand first time through. The actual poem gives off the message that after sex you need to stay independent and this is shown really well. I did enjoy the second poem but it was too dated and comparing someone to a summer's day isn't always that flattering. Jade Smith ...read more.

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