Essay about Analysis of Sonnet 18

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View of the evitable
In “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare and “Death” by John Donne, both poems describe how death is escaped. Both writers suggest that we shouldn’t fear death, because with death comes life. The use of imagery, metaphors, and personification are used to develop these themes of the sonnets. However, each sonnet addresses how they view immortality in different ways. While “Sonnet 18” focuses on immortality by capturing beauty, immortality in “Death” is viewed through a religious perspective. The speaker of the poem “Death” shows fearlessness in the first stanza of the poem. “Death be not proud, though some have called thee/Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so” (1-2). Here death is being personified and confronted
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As we read through the poem, we find out things about Death like who he associates with. The writer makes Death seem like someone we should not be afraid of when he affiliates him with poison, war, and sickness.
In contrast the speaker’s beloved escapes death in “Sonnet 18” because he is written about in a poem. The poem starts off showing appreciation towards beauty by asking if he should compare his friend to a summer’s day (1). Within this stanza development, the speaker uses imagery to describe his beloved to a summer day. When we talk about summer time, we think of nice weather, nature’s beauty, and sunshine, all things which are compared to his beloved. Shakespeare repeatedly uses the word “more” in the second stanza to further suggest how beautiful this person is. He continues to going into detail about his friend, and how “Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, and often is his gold complexion dimm’d” (5-6). Here the eye of heaven is a metaphor that is represented as the sun.
The writer comments on summer’s imperfections to remind the reader that summer isn’t always perfect. Sometimes summer is too hot, and other times the sun is dimmed by the clouds. We capture the temporariness of summer’s season in Shakespeare’s sonnet as well. Stanzas seven through nine emphasize how everything eventually comes to an end as time goes on (7-9). We know that as

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