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Sonnet 18 & Sonnet 116

Sonnet 18:
In the first line of this sonnet Shakespeare opens with his main point of the poem which is the comparrison of a woman (or someone he is infatuated with) to a summer's day. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" The second line acts as a justification for this statement and elaborates by showing us how she is like a summer's day. "Thou art more..."(You are more lovely and temperate.) In regard to rhyme scheme the first and thrid line rhymes of the poem are not re-used. The pattern in this sonnet is as follows: ABABCDCDEFEFGG.

Notice that the last two lines of the poem do not alternate rhymes and both end in the "ee" sound. "See, thee." This is very signifigant and is identifed as a rhyme couplet. These lines also do not illustrate or support a new idea like all those previously did. Shakespeare uses a lot of imagery in the poem as well, "changing course untrimm'd" refferences sailing and "hot the eye of heaven shines" signifies the sun. A very interesting thing about this sonnet occurs in the break of the last two lines. "So long as man can breathe or eyes can see" "So long lives this and this..." and these lines reveal that even after the poem's subject (the woman) is dead the poem (this and this) will keep her memory and their (Shakespeare and her) love alive.

Sonnet 116:
The rhyme scheme of thie particular sonnet was the same as sonnet 18 and stayed consistent with Shakespeare's patterns of writing poetry and the italian formatted sonnet. I noticed that in line three and four there is repetition of the same word but in a different form. "alters when it alteration finds" and "remover to remove." I suppose this is done for emphasis. (?) AS in sonnet 18, the last two lines of the poem are used to drive home a centralized theme or message. In sonnet 116, "If this be error and upon my proved" "I never writ nor no man ever loved" are the ending lines of the poem. This means that if he is proven wrong in his love than he never wrote about or loved at all.

Sonnet 18

Sonnet 116

Sonnet ASN 1
Sonnet ASN 2

Comments (10)

please i don't understand the figures of speech
can y help me for that in "shall i compare thee to a summer's day"
please can y tell me about the characteristics of the metaphysical age in the poem"shall i compare thee to a summer's day"
thanks alot
please send me quickly.


Please send me the Climax, Author's era and Main point of this poem.

I have a test tomorrow on this poem.,



Please send me the Climax, Main point and the author's era of this poem.

I have test tomorrow on this poem.




can you please tell me the figures of speech in sonnet 18 please!
thank you


can you please tell me the figures of speech in sonnet 18 please!
thank you


please could you mind sending me the figures of speech of SONNET 116 now cause i need it


i donot know how to analys apoem


pls send me figure of speech in sonnet 116 coz i have to give presentation.pls send me by mail urgently

i think her poem sonnet 17 is about someone who doesn't believe in future generations, so she has to make a copy of herself to prove that she could relive herself later to the future. the copy of herself is making a child so the child could grow to make a copy of her and keep going on and on for generations.

please tell me the way to analysis an poem of william skakespeare. I am now very consing about this

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