Comparison of Two Poems: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day and If Thou Must Love Me

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Comparison of two poems “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” written by William Shakespeare and “If thou must love me” written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” a poem written by William Shakespeare, is the eighteenth sonnet by this famous writer and a poet. Shakespeare, a popular english poet had written fifty four sonnets. “Shall I compare thee to summer’s day” is the most popular of all the fifty four sonnets which emphasized Shakespeare’s love poem with the theme of love. The poem, “If thou must love me” is also a popular poem and a sonnet (number fourteen) written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Browning’s poem revolves around the theme of love towards her expectations from her lover to be. Both shakespeare’s and Browning”s poems are completely two different poems but still they share some literary terms in common. Both poems dealt with the same subject matter even though the both described love in their different point of view. Both speakers expresses true natural love and the eternity of true love.
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. They a...

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...wn will last for eternity and not die. Shakespeare penalized the “sun” as “the eyes of heaven” (5). Everything that is beautiful will eventually fade away with time especially at old age, for example the beauty of a beautiful woman will eventually fade as old age draws nearer. Shakespeare frequently uses alliteration and repetition of the word “fair” to convey or show clarity of his thinking and description of his subject. In terms ecocriticism, there is no specific area involved in both Shakespeare’s and Browning’s poem but rather they are more involved in using new criticism to explicate the content and tone of their poems.
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