“Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” by Shakespeare

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Among the sonnets that we read this week, William Shakespeare’s Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day was my favorite. First, I enjoyed the poem due to my devotion in reading Shakespeare’s works. Second and most importantly is the poem’s artistic element and theme that represents the stability of love, the immortal beauty, and the human being versus nature. When reading the poem, I can see that the speaker is comparing himself with the person to whom the poem is addressed with the specific element of the day (Spacey par.7). I admire the way Shakespeare makes efforts to ensure that we, the audience, have fun with his poetic piece.

Specifically, he has ensured that the audience has a reflection on the human perspective in the poem. Through the poem, I get a critical analysis of the changes that are happening in the setting that the author is in. The summer season is described as one which has a rich and colorful perspective hence showing a beauty that is temporary and charming. Therefore, through the poem, I am able to understand contemporary issues that are caused by people’s perception of the life they live, more so that which determines their happiness.

In the poem, there are specific lines that capture my attention hence, making me read it often. For example, Shakespeare says that “Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date …” (Spacey par.5). In this segment of his work, he means that people have different lives and stages determined by their age and status. The speaker gives changes that happen when ones is a youth and a noble individual. Through the poem, I can understand there is a compliment of a lover whose breakthroughs match the summer, which is an anticipated season whereby people have to turn from what they do as normal duties and take new tentative styles that make them overwhelmed. Thus, Shakespeare’s Shall I compare Thee to a Summer Day is a sensational piece that opens my eyes to the theme of love and nature.

Work Cited

Spacey, Andrew. “A Summary and Analysis of “Sonnet 18” By William Shakespeare.”Owlcation, 2021.