William Shakespeare 's Poem, Sonnet, And Owen 's ' Dulce Et Decorum Est

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A poem commonly has certain characters that define it; some of them are things like the rhyme scheme, symbolism, rhetoric, and even irony. Poet writers have been used this form of literature to tell stories. The best example of it are Shakespeare’s sonnet “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” These poems are completely different in theme, which gave them a unique imagery. Shakespeare’s poem attempts to compare a person in summer’s day, but it shows that there can be no such comparison while Owen’s poem talked about the negative effect of being in a war and life as a soldier. Both poems are great because they have words, which we cannot just take it literally because it has a different meaning. The Shakespeare’s sonnet “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” has a lot of figurative language on it. The speaker was trying to compare by personifying someone in summer. The speaker in the first line opens up the poem with a question, which who should compare to a summer’s day. The word “Thee” could be whoever, so there is no specific genre in this poem. Surprisingly, instead of musing on that further, he jumps right into describing someone being a lovely and temperate in the second line. Temperate means climate, so it could be cold, hot or wet climate. As a result, on the same line he started to compare thee in summer by having a word “temperate”. The next ten lines are devoted to such comparison.
This poem is showing us some negative…

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