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

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MICHELLE KIRK                11A1

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:

  1. 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,

  1. 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. Fine days never stay the same: ‘rough winds’ or the sun obscured by clouds; ‘and often is his gold complexion dim’d’, can easily mar a fine day.

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He talks about these negative factors of change in the first eight lines, and Shakespeare then uses these ideas to claim that his loved one will always remain untarnished, speaking of how ‘thy eternal summer shall not fade’ and how his loved one has lasting qualities that will outshine death:

‘Nor shall death brag thou wandr’st in his shade’

These thoughts come to a confident, final conclusion that his loved one’s beauty will always be remembered through the sonnet he wrote:

‘So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.’

The overall feel to this poem is tender and thought ...

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