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Summertime Blues Amazing authors can induce thoughts by a single word The ideas that can form in our heads by a small phrase are powerful Only the most talented and capable authors can provoke such feelings within us Who is more than able to stir these feelings in a reader but William Shakespeare His various plays keep us entranced and curious but it is his poetry that strikes a chord deep within us Shall I compare thee to a summers day by William Shakespeare is particularly powerful using specific phrases to evoke the inner feelings of the reader as well as the woman to which he is speaking Shakespeare creates wonderful imagery by using elegant phrases and key contradictory lines to try to win the heart of his reader and the woman he loves Shakespeare wrote his sonnet when he was deeply in love with a woman The woman used by Shakespeare is consistent throughout his sonnets but no one is quite sure of the womans identity An expert on Shakespearian sonnets Katherine Duncan-Jones states one sixth of the sonnets are addressed to the dark lady-and these can be seen as brutally defiant of Petrarchanism yet the history of criticism is strewn with failed attempts to determine the identity of this mystery woman Hadfield He starts off his sonnet by implanting an image in our head of a summer day A summer day triggers a scene that flashes in our head of children playing and the sun shining basically a carefree day where everything is beautiful He contemplates whether or not to compare his love to this ideal day Shall I compare thee to a summers day Line 1 but decides against it in his second line because he feels his love is more lovely and more temperate than this day He then proceeds to bombard us with images of natural nuisances such as windy days that shake the darling buds of
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