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William Shakespeare Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summers day a Thou art more lovely and more temperateb Rough winds do shake the darling buds of Maya And summers lease hath all too short a dateb Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shinesc And often is his gold complexion dimmedd And every fair from fair sometimes declinesc By chance or natures changing course untrimmedd But thy eternal summer shall not fadee Nor lose possession of that fair thou owstf Nor shall death brag thou wanderst in his shadee When in eternal lines to time thou growstf So long as man can breathe or eyes can seeg So long lives this and this gives life to theeg 3 Sentences 1st sentence line 1 2nd sentence lines 2 - 8 3rd sentence lines 9 - 14 This is a Shakespearean sonnet with no characteristics of a Petrarchan sonnet GLOSSARY Temperatemoderate Darlingvery dear Leasethe term during which possession is guaranteed Datethe time during which something lasts Complexioncolour visible aspect appearance To declineto diminish decrease deteriorate Untrimmednot carefully or neatly arranged or attired Fairbeauty fairness good looks Eternal infinite in past and future duration without beginning or end To bragto declare or assert boastfully SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMERS DAY Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is one of the sonnets that describe the outstanding beauty of an unspecified lover and time as a relentless ravisher with no mercy for anyone or anything The only way to defy time is to become immortal in verse The persona is the I in line 1 and he Shakespeare himself is addressing a person a him or a her whom he adores The description of the beauty of the unknown lover is the central
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