Moss is stating in layman’s terms that the beauty of the person is somet... ... middle of paper ... ...Moss’s poem the conclusion is less powerful, but he goes straight to the point by saying, “After you’re dead and gone, / In this poem you’ll live on” (lines 13-14). Moss’s poem holds the same deep feelings about this person’s beauty, but he states it in a less complex way. With the use of personification, diction, tone, and theme, Shakespeare was able to construct a poem where the narrator was admirable of his significant others’ beauty. This interpretation of Shakespeare’s poem “Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer’s Day” was supported with the analysis of the tone, theme, and diction. In addition, Moss’s poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer’s Day” helped reinforce some of the conclusions made about the interpretation of the poem because of Moss’s use of simple language.
The poet starts off the poem with a metaphoric Question of whether he "Shall compare thee to a summer's day?" this is a positive question asking whether the beauty of the summer is worthy of that compared to his lover/mistress. This is an effective metaphor because it suggests that the woman is either more or equally beautiful as the calm and warm summer which reinforces the idea of everlasting beauty. A summer day is calm and generally suppose to be filled with life and the beauty of the nature, which alludes to the beloveds' beauty. In line three of the poem the speaker compares the beloved to the summer day which is imperfect compared to the beloved.
At the time of its writing, Shakespeare's one hundred thirtieth sonnet, a highly candid, simple work, introduced a new era of poems. Shakespeare's expression of love was far different from traditional sonnets in the early 1600s, in which poets highly praised their loved ones with sweet words. Instead, Shakespeare satirizes the tradition of comparing one's beloved to the beauties of the sun. From its opening phrase "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun", shocks the audience because it does not portray a soft, beautiful woman. Despite the negative connotations of his mistress, Shakespeare speaks a true woman and true love.
We talked about writers such as Sidney, Marlowe, and Raleigh who all wrote about love and had their different opinions about it. For example, Marlowe wrote about wanting to get a woman to love and him and be with him forever. He wrote in a style that would try to woo the girl into wanting because of his profligate wording of her physical beauty. Shakespeare did not want anything to do with that. Shakespeare felt that a woman’s true qualities were derived from her character and what she had to offer other than her physical beauty.
On line nine he talks about the time frame of the woman’s beauty, he writes “but thy eternal summer shall not fade” meaning that her beauty cannot be phased by time, unlike nature (9). In those few lines, the audience can see that although a summer’s day can be rough only for a little while, the beauty of the woman is unfading. At the end of the poem, the audience can understand that the woman’s beauty is sealed in the poem “so long lives this, and this gives life to thee” (14). The next new perspective on love comes from Shakespeare’s “Sonnet One Hundred and Sixteen”. “Sonnet One Hundred and Sixteen” “sets forth an ideal of true love as something permanent and never changing” (Kastan 17).
The poet no longer compares his beloved to a summers day, instead he signifies the importance of his beauty and youth. The poet metaphorically says "but thy eternal summer shall not fade". Summer can never be eternal, but the metaphor expresses the poets feelings towards the subject by saying that the subject shall be eternally beautiful. The beloved is eternalized further, as the poet says " When in eternal lines to time thou growest", immortalizing his love within the lines of this sonnet. The sonnet is also concluded by a metaphorical rhyming couplet.
The Presentation of Women in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and Griffin’s Sonnet 39 What attitude do their presentations of women reflect? Discuss in detail how the poets’ choice & use of language influences your reading of poems. It is evident in both Griffin’s poem and Shakespeare’s poem that their love for their beloved is matchless; however the presentations and the personal interpretations of the two poets give a totally different message to its readers. It is often in Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 that we realize he ridicules his mistress and praises her in a way that misleads its readers to believe that Shakespeare doesn’t love her. Whereas, in Griffin’s Sonnet 39, he puts his lady as the central motive of the poem and this is obvious as almost every line in his poem begins with the word “her.” Without a doubt, the first line in both poems portrays a direct contrast from each other.
Renaissance readers would understand the way Shakespeare was describing this woman and why he was. He wasn’t they only who saw these women in such ways. Shakespeare is parodying the already hackneyed views of “beauty” as defined by society and the outlandish metaphors use to describe the beauty of the person, Shakespeare “ sonnet 130” is basically saying “look , my love is not perfect and her lips aren’t as red as roses and her eyes are not as blue as sapphires, but she is beautiful to me simply because I love her”(Educator Emeritus 2007). He is slightly making fun of all the poem who use those incredibly unrealistic comparisons to declare the depth if their love. He truly has a sense of humor, and this is still so true today.
The first quatrain of Let Me Not states that true love can never change: "â€¦love is not love which alters when alteration findesâ€¦" In the second quatrain he uses the term "wandring barke" to discuss how love guides the lost and the lonely. Even though we get old and die, true love will sustain is what the third quatrain is about when he says, "â€¦love not alters not with his breefe houres and weekes but beares it out even to the... ... middle of paper ... ...this by saying "Thy eternall Sommer shall not fade" and makes it more romantic. The beauty of summer reinforces her beauty in the poem, because she is so much more beautiful than a summer's day and he is admiration of her beauty. Both poems convey love in different ways. Shall I Compare Thee is more light hearted and romantic and is mainly about confessing how much love he has for a certain woman.
In William Shakespeare's 18th Sonnet he's comparing the object of his affection to a summer day. Throughout the sonnet, Shakespeare utilizes different elements found only during summer to describe the youth's beauty. His intrigue is expressed to us vividly through the use of metaphors. Shakespeare also uses imagery so that you may share in his experience. In the first line of sonnet Shakespeare is comparing whom he is obviously attracted to, to a summer's day.