Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Life Analysis

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Anglo-Saxon: “The Whale”, unknown

Middle ages: ‘Fowls in the firth’, Geoffrey Chaucer

Renaissance: “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?” (Sonnet 18), William Shakespeare

Restoration: “Can Life Be A Blessing”, John Dryden

Romantic: “Songs of the innocence and Experience”, William Blake

Victorian: “I Remember, I Remember”, Thomas Hood

Modern: “Caged Bird”, Maya Angelou

Renaissance: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18), William Shakespeare

Response: The poem to me is beautifully written because Shakespeare is comparing a young man to immortality. As long as the man has immortality he will have beauty for eternity. Shakespeare says “ But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair
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Purpose: The purpose of this poem was to give the beautiful woman that he is comparing to a summer's day, life eternally.

Subject: The subject is about the beloved one that he is writing about.

Tone: The tone is admiring and loving for his beloved one.

Poetic Precis: William Shakespeare, in his “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?” is a romantic poem (1608) comparing Shakespeare's loved one to summer's day and that his poem is giving her life eternally. The theme of the poem is saying that true love never dies even if the people die. In the opening first line Shakespeare introduces his first simile by saying “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Restoration: Can Life be a Blessing, John Dryden

Response: The poem reaches out to me because it is questioning life without love. If life had no love in it would it really be as meaningful to everyone in the world. Most people depend on love to live everyday, so what would happen if there was really no love? Dryden says “though our love all night keep[s] us waking.” He even expresses that love is the reason why we are alive today.
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