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William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright. He was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Shakespeare worked in London and held his private life at home in Stratford. Shakespeare died in the year 1616 in the town of his birth. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? This is a sonnet which incorporates 14 lines. There are 3 quatrains and a rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme of the poem is "ABAB CDCD EFEF GG" and is made up of iambic pentameter which includes five strong stresses in each line. The sonnets are broken up into octaves and sestets. In this poem the octave is an introduction to the young man who is admired by the poet. ...read more.


"Thou art more lovely and more temperate" Shakespeare is telling us that the young man is even lovelier than a summer's day and more temperate than the summer. "And summers lease hath all too short a date" I think this line is trying to say that summer is too short and suggests the young man has all the beauty suggested by the most beautiful of the seasons without the disadvantages unlike summer, his beauty is not subject to the extremes and always remain a fixed temperate character. "Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines" He is now telling us that the sun sometimes shines too hot but the boy and his love for him is just right. "And often is his gold complexion dimmed" I now think at this point he tries to break away from describing the boy as a summer's day but as himself. ...read more.


These lines along with the last three lines show the youth's beauty is immoral and will never fall victim to death. This line leads into the rhyming couplet which ends the poem. "So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see So long lives this, and gives life to thee" These two lines are saying that as long as he is living and breathing then his love will always be alive. After reading and analysing this poem "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" I believe that this is a love poem and it is about one mans love for another. Shakespeare wants this love to live forever and tries to immortalise his love in this poem. I enjoyed reading this poem as it is full of love and beautiful descriptive words. By Conor Mc Givern ...read more.

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