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William Shakespeares Sonnet 18 is part of a group of 126 sonnets Shakespeare wrote that are addressed to a young man of great beauty and promise In this group of sonnets the speaker urges the young man to marry and perpetuate his virtues through children and warns him about the destructive power of time age and moral weakness Sonnet 18 focuses on the beauty of the young man and how beauty fades but his beauty will not because it will be remembered by everyone who reads this poem Shakespeare starts the poem with a metaphoric question in line one asking if he should compare the man to a summers day This asks if he should compare the beauty of a summers day to the beauty of the young man about whom Shakespeare is writing Line two of this poem states Thou art more lovely and more temperate Temperate is used as a synonym for moderate by the author In line two the speaker is describing the man as more lovely and more moderate than a summers day This emphasizes the mans beauty and how the man is viewed by the speaker Line three Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May tells why the mans beauty is greater than that of a summers day Shakespeare uses rough winds to symbolize imperfections The speaker is implying that there are no imperfections in the young man but there are in the summer so the man cannot be compared to a summers day In line four the speaker adds to this thought by saying that the summer also does not last as long as the mans beauty therefore it cannot be compared to it Line five states another imperfection of the summer Shakespeare uses the eye of heaven as a metaphor in this line to describe the sun In line six Shakespeare uses the phrase gold complexion dimmed to describe the sun again which means
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