and "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?"
In the poems "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" and "My Mistress'
Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun", William Shakespeare compares his loved ones to
nature. He uses natural elements in order to show that nature is superior to
human beings. However, the poet comes to the conclusion that despite the fact
that nature is more perfect than human beings, he loves his lovers more than
nature for the unique qualities that human beings have over nature.
Already from the titles of the poems, one can notice that nature is
superior to humankind. In the poem "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun"
the reader can assume that the writer thinks that the sun is more beautiful and
is better than his mistress' eyes. The sun is a symbol of happiness and the joy
of life. When the writer sees the sun's rays it gives him joy. By saying that
his mistress' eyes do not look like the sun it means that when he looks at her
eyes she does not reflect happiness or joy. Her eyes do not shine like the sun.
The nature appears more powerful than humankind.
In the title of the poem "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?",
Shakespeare is debating whether or not his love one is worth being compare to a
summer day. Unlike the first poem, the poet does not know what the answer is
from the title or whether it is fair to compare nature to her. However, as the
reader read through the poem he gets an answer from the poet. Just the thought
whether his loved one is worth being compared to nature gives away the poet's
assumption that nature is superior to humankind.
Throughout all the poem "My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun",
Shakespeare shows how nature is better than his loved one by comparing nature
and his mistress. He shows all the great things of nature and all the faults of
humans. For instance, he shows how colorful and lovely the colors of the... [continues]
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