Through these lines Shakespeare further enhances the idea of the beloved being eternally beautiful. Shakespeare's sonnet, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" is a poem that enhances the idea of beauty higher then that of nature. Shakespeare uses what most would think to be flawless beauty, nature, and makes it seem dull compared to the beauty of the beloved. Shakespeare uses figurative devices effectively to enhance the idea of eternal beauty by comparing the idea that beauty in summer comes and goes but the beauty in his beloved will be preserved through the readers of the poem eternally.
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.
The sonnet is also concluded by a metaphorical rhyming couplet. "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee" evidently shows that the sonnet is meant to preserve the beauty of the youn... ... middle of paper ... ... be seen that powerful and concentrated language was used several times in both poems. The language techniques such as imagery, personification, and metaphors which create an image for the reader and give them an understanding about the poem. They also express the poets intentions and feelings about their love for their loved ones. 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.
Over the years, love has been portrayed in numerous ways. Some see love as treacherous or deceitful, but Shakespeare saw just the opposite. His work Twelfth Night shows what he believes to be an authenticity test to his view of love. The audience can come to know the similar theme of love in reading “Sonnet 116”, “Sonnet 18”, and Romeo and Juliet. In comparing Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, Shakespeare uses various literary devices to explain an unachievable love and everlasting physical beauty.
This poetic device frequently allowed readers to form mental images of the meanings Shakespeare was trying to imply. A major component that illustrates Shakespeare 's use of symbolism is the summer season. Throughout the sonnet, summer is recognized to be a vibrant, lovely and youthful season; but has multiple flaws, as it is not everlasting. Although the season portrays both good and bad qualities, Shakespeare utilizes the positive attributes to symbolize the beauty of the beloved. An example from the poem is, "By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d /But thy eternal summer shall not fade /Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest" (Shakespeare, 8-10).
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 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.
By acknowledging that only the stylized aspects of his subject’s beauty that can be captured in verse will survive, not the earthly beauty suggested by the summer’s day, the speaker suggests that he values his own poetic powers more than the actual beauty of his subject. Sonnet Eighteen is written in iambic pentameter form using the succession of alternating stressed syllables in which the first is unstressed and the second is stressed. These stresses are used to embody meaning. Therefore, when Shakespeare breaks from iambic meter, he adds variety and emphasis. This change in the regularity of the rhythm adds force to descriptions and draws attention.
He explains that the person's characteristics is moderate and comfortable and has favorable qualities in line 2. "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May," (line 3) means that the rough winds of the summer can destroy the buds of the flowers and his particular person has no such trait. In the forth line of the sonnet, Shakespeare justifies how summer is too short and how his lover's beauty does not end like this specific season does. In the next two lines, lines 5 and 6, the superb poet interpret the summer's temperature. He explains how the summer can be extremely hot and uncomfortable.
To begin with, Shakespeare sets up a contrast between the beloved and a summer’s day. He argues that his cherished, contrasting nature, will be saved by the force and stability of his poetry. For instance he personifies nature by saying “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May” (3) meaning that if winds are able to "shake" things, buds could be described as "darling," these are both words more often pragmatic to human actions. In addition, “And summer’s lease hath all too short a date” in line 4 personifies summer because it can’t literally take out a lease on anything. Also the buds are a metaphor of the beginning of a new life.