The Sonnets By William Shakespeare And How Do I Love Thee? Essay

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The two sonnets, I Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? by William Shakespeare and How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Browning, have very similar messages. Both poets want their readers to see the love they have for their lover. As a reader analysis the two sonnets they can see that the two author techniques are very similar, but yet different. Through the poet’s techniques the readers can see that the poets want their love to surpass death. Their use of tone and metaphor help the read to understand the message. One of the poets uses a technique that the other doesn’t, or doesn’t use much of. One poet uses symbolism well the other uses anaphora.
The tone of the two sonnet really help the reader understand the poem. Shakespeare shows his love more through irony while Browning comes out and says exact how she feels about her lover. Shakespeare’s sonnet first seems to have a peaceful tone. The readers many never suspect that the tone is not peaceful at all, but really his poem has an ironic tone. When a reader reads the sonnet it appears that the Shakespeare is saying that his lover is as wonderful, beautiful, and as peaceful as a summer’s day, but really he is not saying this at all. If a reader looks closer, they can see that he is saying his lover is better than a summer’s day. It’s is almost as if he is contrasting the two instead of comparing them. In line 7 of the sonnet Shakespeare says “And every fair from fair sometimes declines” which means everything comes to an end…

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