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The beauty of the beloved In Shakespeares Sonnet 18 the author cleverly refers to the passing of time with images of nature and the seasons He uses a summers day as an image for how short-lived youth and love can be Let me scrutinize the poem The speaker initiates the poem with a rhetorical question Shall I compare thee to a summers day This question is comparing his beloved to the summer time of the year It is during this time when the flowers are blooming trees are full of leaves the weather is warm and it is generally thought of as an enjoyable time during the year The writer in the following lines explains what mainly separates the young woman from the summers day she is more lovely and more temperateline 2 He argues that the wind may spoil the beauty of summer which is not always as welcoming as the woman However the speaker then gives the feeling that the summer months are often too short by saying And summers lease hath too short a date line 4 The splendor of summer is affected by the intensity of the sunlight and as the seasons change summer becomes less beautiful In the third quatrain of the sonnet the writer tells how the beloved differs from the summer in various respects Her beauty will be one that lasts forever Thy eternal summer shall not fade line 9 She unlike summer will never deteriorate He further asserts that his beloved will neither become less beautiful nor even die because she is immortalized through his poetry The sonnet concludes with the couplet So long as men can breathe or eyes can see So long lives this and this gives life to thee These last two lines further clarify the theme The writer explains how the beloveds beauty will accomplish this everlasting life unlike a summer And her beauty will last forever because it is kept alive
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