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By Gemma Jackson!! Love Poetry "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" by William Shakespear and "Remembrance" by Emily Bronte, both deal with the emotion love in different ways. Shakespear is celebrating his love for a young man, yet Emily Bronte is dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is bizarre how the poems are so different, one is so cheerful and happy but the other is sad and has a lonely feel to it, and yet they both touch upon love. I believe that "Remembrance" is the most touching of the two, and I prepare it to "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" as Shakespear makes love seem like something that it isn't, perfect. Within "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Shakespear is comparing his love with a summer's day. He claims his love is more perfect than the summer's day and describes the romantic notion that as long as the poem exists then his lover will have everlasting life. ...read more.


Using a rhetorical question at the start of the poem lifts the mood when he answers it himself, "Thou art more lovely and more temperate" We know from this moment on that Shakespear will praise his lover throughout his poem and criticise a summer's day. Probably the most uplifting theme in this poem is the though of eternal life, "So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this give life to thee." Although I personally wouldn't find this romantic, it does show that Shakespear was a romantic. He uses romantic notions like everlasting love, beauty, and life to create a loving atmosphere. "Remembrance" is the opposite. From the start we know this poem isn't happy or joyful in any way, with the opening line, "Cold in the earth" These depressing first words set the tone for the rest of the poem. Emily Bronte uses repetition of sad and dreary words to show the depression the speaker is experiencing, "Far, far" this is repeated to emphasise how cut off she feels from her loved one. ...read more.


He makes the poem short and sweet so that it doesn't drag on but creates a more loving atmosphere when being read aloud. However the rhythm in "Remembrance" is slow and depressing and the length of the poem and detail add to the sadness The rhyme scheme in "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" doesn't appeal to me, the strict structure and wording makes me feel distant as it isn't as fluent as it could be. The alternate line rhyme for "Remembrance" creates a depressing effect as it resembles a sombre hyme. In conclusion I believe that the deep emotional thoughts produced in "Remembrance" are more convincing than the strict structure and unrealistic views on love portrayed in "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" I believe that when Shakespear wrote this he must have been crazily and deeply in love, which I think gives the wrong idea for love. He makes it seem all happy and everlasting. I prefer Emily Bronte's strong character who was able to overcome a love, probably just as deep as Shakespear's, who was cruelly torn away. ...read more.

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