Essay on William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 18

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Created by Giacomo da Lentini, the sonnet is a poetic form originating in Italy and consisting of fourteen lines, and following a strict rhyming pattern. Additionally, a sonnet includes two parts: first the octave which asks a question or alludes to a problem, and then the sestet which provides a resolution to same (“Sonnet,” Wikipedia). William Shakespeare is one of the most widely known sonnet writers. Contemporaries of Shakespeare include: Sir Philip Sidney who penned sequences “Astrophel and Stella;” Edmund Spenser who wrote “The Faerie Queene;” and Michael Drayton who gave us “The Parting” (“Sonnet,” Wikipedia).
“Sonnet 18,” according to Wikipedia, is one the most widely known of the 154 sonnets written by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare kept his usual form in this piece, giving it fourteen lines of iambic pentameter ending with a rhymed couplet. Thorough critical analyses have revealed many double meanings in this poem, resulting in varied, deep, and insightful interpretations. The poem opens with a question to the beloved, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The poem continues this comparison and furthermore, relates that the beloved is in fact more beautiful than summer’s days as he/she is more temperate. Summer, says the poet, is often too hot, too windy and too short. The beloved’s beauty, to the contrary, is temperate and shall remain forever unchanged; if not in reality than through the life of this poem (“Sonnet 18,” Wikipedia).
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