The theme of the poem is to show the speakers true interpretation of beauty. Beauties worst enemy is time and although beauty might fade it can still live on through a person's memory or words of a poem. The speaker realizes that beauty, like the subject of the poem, will remain perfect not in the eyes of the beholder but the eyes of those who read the poem. The idea of beauty living through the words of a poem is tactfully reinforced throughout the poem using linking devices such as similes and metaphors. The poet starts off the poem with a metaphoric Question of whether he "Shall compare thee to a summer's day?"
In the first two lines, Shakespeare compares the beauty of a young person, to a summer’s day. He states that the subject of the poem is in fact lovelier and “more temperate” (Shakespeare 2). In lines 3-6, he illustrates the subject’s perfection by saying that he is not affected by the flaws of summer, such as its brevity and uneven temperatures. In the following few lines, Shakespeare remarks that although everything beautiful will at some point fade away, the beauty of the subject will last forever. The beauty, and Shakespeare’s love of it, will exist forever in the lines of the sonnet.
Shakespeare's "sonnet 18" used various language techniques and strong language to exaggerate the comparison of his beloved to a summers day and also sustain his beauty. "Funeral Blues" by W H Auden, also uses strong language and literary devices to create a visual and aural imagery for the reader. The use of the powerful and concentrated language and literary devices, in poetry allows readers to sympathize with the poet understand love being expressed in an intricate way. Hence, it can be seen that poetry is the perfect vehicle for love.
Shakespeare uses a complex metaphor of comparing his subject to the summer, but at the same time making it easy to understand. The poet goes as traditional as possible; his friend surpasses the beauty of summer, as summer will fade and turn to winter. Sonnet 130 is just as easy to understand as the former. The use of straightforward comparisons that go from line to line, instead of one metaphor elaborated through the entire poem, makes this sonnet quite different in style. Sonnet 130, in contradiction to Sonnet 18, purposefully branches off from the traditional romantic love poem for he does not describe the subject as a true beauty but as his true love.
They also offer a chance to identify revenant symbolism, different metaphors and study how Shakespeare applies such literary elements inside of his poetry itself . In “That Time of Year Thou Mayst in me Behold” and “Shall I compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” Shakespeare uses each imagery and metaphors regarding nature, typically symbols representing beauty, using these to elaborate the negative arguments of his sonnets, specifically the unavoidable process of age and maturity, the coming of change and their endings. Shakespeare's main goal is to set an example for beauty and strength within the spirits of the dearest, or in humanity, instead. “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” is a literary work within which Shakespeare preserves and commends the wonder of the beloved, to whom the piece is aimed towards, by making comparisons between himself and the nature surrounding him, declaring him superior. The beloved is greater when compared to a summer’s day as he enjoys an “eternal summer” whereas “summer hath only too short a date”.
Instead, he places a doublet at the very end of the poem. Both poets use the non-quatrains for philosophical interpretations. Donne uses the quatrains to describe the physicality of the partner’s love and the triplets to describe the deeper non-physical connection the pair shares. Shakespeare uses the quatrains to create the story of an imaginary lover and the doublet to create a poem within a poem. They stand out among the rest of the poem because they are a rhymed pair directly following quatrains.
The poem is concluded by "â€¦So long lives this, and this gives life to thee" which means that as long as the poem is read people will know how beautiful his love was and this keeps the beauty from fading or being less beautiful. In sonnet 130, in the first quatrain Shakespeare talks about her eyes being "nothing like the sun" and coral being "far more red" than her lips. He continues in the same vain throughout quatrains two and three, claiming that the breath form his mistress "reeks" and that he doesn't see roses in her cheeks. The last verse, the couplet, takes a turn however and Shakespeare explains his love that she doesn't need false comparisons she is beautiful to him "â€¦As any she belied with false compare." In both sonnets Shakespeare makes references to beauty, whether comparing to a summer's day or talking about appearances of her cheeks
Superficially he wishes to celebrate the beauty of the 'fair youth'. However, through his question “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?” he actually shows his hesitancy to use such a compar... ... middle of paper ... ...est of capturing the instantaneous beauty of his friend, which makes the initial shortcomings of this poem irrelevant. Shakspeare has attempted, executed and achieved all this in just fourteen neat lines, and the fact that people are still reading and analyising this poem today is testament to the success of his endeavour. Works Cited Shakespeare, W. “Sonnet 18”. Ed.
Both poems “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” by William Shakespeare, and “If thou must love me” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning appear to share some things in common. Both share the same theme and tone of love. Shakespeare emphasizes more on “beauty” in his poem by comparing his admirer to that of “summer’s day” (1). He went further to indicate the level of love and beauty of his admirer by using this phrase, “thou art more lovely and more temperate” (2), showing that the person is more beautiful than the “summer’s day” because “summer’s day” might fade away. Both poems are sonnets (fourteen line poem), divided into three quatrains, with Shakespeare’s ending with a couplet.
Shakespeare's Ideas About Love in His Sonnets The two sonnets Shall I Compare Thee and Let Me Not are by William Shakespeare. Love is the main theme of both sonnets. Shall I Compare Thee is written for Shakespeare's love, and it is more personal and cheerful. He takes apart the greatness of a summer's day and compares it to the subject of the poem, but the subject (whom we assume is a 'she') is always more divine and she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. The sonnet states that the subject is "â€¦more lovely and more temperateâ€¦" than the finest summer's day.