Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer Day Poem Analysis

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“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day was written by Williams Shakespeare in 1609 to a young man. In this poem the speaker is questioning if he should compare whom the poem is intended for to a summer day. The poet William Shakespeare thinks that his love is cannot be compared. He can’t compare her because she is more beautiful and lovelier. (Shall I Compare Thee to a summer’s Day: William Shakespeare - Summary and Critical Analysis)The speaker says summer is a “lease.” A lease is a contract (Lease); therefore the speaker is comparing summer to a contract. That is because summer is destined to end. The beauty of everything fades away or is destined to end. In line nine the turning point of the poem takes place. The speaker says his love whom he is referring to is not going to …show more content…
It has three four line quatrains and ends with a two line couplet. The rhyme scheme in the poem is abab, cdcd, efef, gg. This Shakespearean sonnet is written in Iambic Pentameter. Iambic pentameter is a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet; each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable. (Iambic Pentameter). The themes of this poem is love and immortality. Love because Shakespeare revealed his love through the image of beauty and immortality because the poem let us know that his lover, this poem will live forever as long as humans are alive and can read. The tone of this poem is happy and contended. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day has diction of happy words. For example, in line one when the speaker says “summer’s day,” summer shows beauty and warmth. Summer is also a season of growth and relaxation. In line five the word “heaven” is used which represents hope and glory. In the following line Shakespeare used the word “gold” which symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Not all the words used are associated with each other however, the feeling from reading this poem was a positive

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