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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?

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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