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Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 This sonnet is by far one of the most interesting poems in the book Of Shakespeares sonnets in the text this is one of the most moving lyric poems that I have ever read There is great use of imagery within the sonnet This is not to say that the rest of the poems in the book were not good but this to me was the best most interesting and most beautiful of them It is mainly due to the simplicity and loveliness of the poems praise of the beloved woman that it has guaranteed its place in my mind and heartThe speaker of the poem opens with a question that is addressed to the beloved Shall I compare thee to a summers day This question is comparing her 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 following eleven lines in the poem are also dedicated to similar comparisons between the beloved and summer days In lines 2 and 3 the speaker explains what mainly separates the young woman from the summers day she is more lovely and more temperate Line 2 Summers days tend toward extremes they are sometimes shaken by rough winds line3 which happens and is not always as welcoming as the woman However in line 4 the speaker gives the feeling again that the summer months are often to short by saying And summers lease hath too short a date In the summer days the sun the eye of heaven line 5 often shines too hot or too dim his gold complexion dimmed line 6 that is there are many hot days during the summer but soon the sun begins to set earlier at night because autumn is approaching Summer is moving along too quickly
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