Essay on Comparison Of William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 18 And 130

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Comparison and Contrast: Tone in Sonnet 18 and 130 by William Shakespeare

“Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! Why are you Romeo?” (Shakespeare 2.2.33). is a famous line that leads us to one of the most well-known English writer: William Shakespeare. He is the writer of 154 sonnets and his masterpieces have been outstanding for more than four centuries. Two of his most notorious poems are “Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and “Sonnet 130: My mistress ' eyes are nothing like the sun”. At first reading, sonnet 18 and sonnet 130 seem to share a common meaning, because Shakespeare reveals his point of view about the concept of love, and the way he sees beauty in a woman in the two poems. Nonetheless, “My mistress ' eyes are nothing like the sun” and “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” disclose dissimilarity as well that are presented by the variation of tones exposed through the sonnets. Sonnet 18 and sonnet 130 demonstrate dissimilarities, because there seems to be various interpretations on how he sees beauty in the woman. In “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”, the tone makes the reader feel that the writer only sees beauty about the lady. He describes the woman with so much passion. Literally, his passionate tone for this woman shows no evidence about an imperfection. He compares her to nature: “Shall I compare thee to a summer 's day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate” (line 1-2). Summer is a season that gives a happy and positive ambiance…

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