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Title Sonnet 18 Author William Shakespeare Summary In Shakespeares sonnet 18 he starts of the poem with the question shall I compare thee to a summers day Then the author explains why he shouldnt because unlike the summers day that eventually fades away her beauty and eternal summer shall not fade Not even death can hide her beauty because so long as men can breathe or eyes can see so long lives this and this gives life to thee Literary Devices 1 Metaphor- Shall I compare thee to a summers day Shakespeare compares his love to a summers day and by doing so an image of a beautiful warm day with the flowers in bloom and the birds chirping in the readers mind along with an attractive woman However a question is raised how can Shakespeare compare the woman to a summers day 2 Personification - Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines and often is his gold complexion dimmed The authors use of the words eye and complexion beautifully describes the sun instead of just saying that sometimes the sun is to hot or that its rays are often dimmed 3 Imagery- Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May and often is his gold complexion dimmed When Shakespeare uses these words like Rough winds darling buds and gold complexion the reader gets the image of a beautiful day and they get the sensation of the suns rays warm and cozy in their body The words ad to the theme and makes the mind of the reader think of these lovely things which gives the poem a greater effect Tone The authors tone toward the subject is enamor The way he writes about her immortalizes her He puts his subject above everything telling her she is more beautiful than a summers day His words and images makes the reader want to feel the same
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