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In one sonnet in particular, Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Shakespeare uses lots of imagery to describe the ways in which a summers day is an inadequate comparison with his beloved

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Ellis Smith 9r1 How Does Shakespeare use imagery to show his love for his Girlfriend/lover? William Shakespeare was considered to be the greatest playwright of all time, he wrote over 35 plays, and many poems, sonnets were the last of his work. In one sonnet in particular, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Shakespeare uses lots of imagery to describe the ways in which a summer's day is an inadequate comparison with his beloved At the beginning of the sonnet, Shakespeare asks himself if a summer's day is a good enough comparison for his lover "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" proving that he thinks that summer is beautiful but not knowing whether his lover is even more beautiful. ...read more.

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He then indicates that the sun shines too much but his lover shines just as much as she should before it gets annoying, "Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines", here Shakespeare uses imagery to show that instead of his lover constantly shining and showing off, she is subtle and simple, just the way that Shakespeare portrays that he likes. Shakespeare thinks that his lover is beautiful and he obsessively believes that she will never lose her beauty, he states that any beautiful person or thing may lose their beauty but she will not, "and every fair from fair sometime declines, by chance or by nature's changing course untrimmed" and "But thy eternal summer shall not fade, nor lose possession of thou ow'st" the summer changes and fades, his lover appears not too. ...read more.

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At the very end of the sonnet, he says that as long as humans breathe and see, so long as this sonnet gives out life, he will love his other half, "So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee" This portrays the fact that in Shakespeare's eyes, it is the unlikeliest thing in the universe that he will ever stop loving his girlfriend. In conclusion, it seems that throughout the sonnet Shakespeare uses imagery in every way to show how he loves his girlfriend. He continuously says how the summer is inadequate and how his lover is perfect and I don't think that anything could change that. He writes as if he is truly in love and that he doesn't want this period to ever end, he is in love. ...read more.

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