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    Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?

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    Analyze the sonnet "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" by William Shakespeare.

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    This is a wonderful sonnet and perhaps Shakespeare's best known. In it, he compares his love to a beautiful summer day:

    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    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:
    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
    And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed;
    But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
    Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
    (William Shakespeare, 1609)

    The sonnet open with a four line stanza, or quatrain, with the first two lines reading, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art ...

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