Shakespeare 's 18-th sonnet is one of the most popular poems out of 154 that he wrote. It has translated into almost every major language and used in several literary works by distinguished authors. This poem belongs to the sonnet group from number 1 to 126 which are believed to have been published in 1609. There is still some debate among linguistic as to whom these sonnets were dedicated to, but the majority believe that Shakespeare wrote them as a tribute to a dear friend of his, who helped him publish his works. This poem is written in a typical Shakespearean sonnet having 14 lines in iambic pentameter and ending in couplets. The rhyme scheme in this sonnet is as follows; abab, cdcd, efef, and finally gg. From the very first line, we 'll see that the author used figures of speech in order to convey his feelings in a powerful manner, in addition to these we 'll notice that the main themes in this sonnet are the power of poetry and beauty.
The author starts the poem with a rhetorical question, "Shall I compare thee to a summer 's day?" Immediately in the next part of the sonnet, he answers by saying: "Thou art more lovelier and temperate," by which he means that such comparison wouldn 't be fair to the beauty he is referring to. From line three: "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" up until line eight: "By chance, or nature changing course, untrimmed," he lists the reasons why even summer is not adequate to be compared to the beauty of his friend. Shakespeare