Poetry Analysis

Topics: Human, Ultraviolet, William Shakespeare Pages: 4 (1312 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Nature’s Beauty V.S Human Being’s Beauty
In the two poems “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” and “Shall I compare thee to a summer day?”, William Shakespeare compares the one he loves to nature. In order to show that nature’s beauty and characteristics are greater than that of his loved ones and human beings in general, he compares them to elements of nature. William Shakespeare believes that nature is unflawed, beautiful and far more perfect than human beings, despite that fact he comes to conclusion that his love for his lovers is more than that compared to nature but is for the unique qualities that make people who they really are, that factor that human beings have over nature.

From both the titles of Shakpeare’s poems it’s possible that the reader can come up with the assumption that William Shakespeare believes that, nature is greater than human kind. In the poem title “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun”, the reader will begin to believe that William Shakespeare thinks that his mistress’ eyes will never compare to the greatness and beauty of the sun. Though the sun is beautiful and glowing he states that the sun has little in common with his mistress’ eyes. From this title we assume that his mistress eyes do not bring William Shakespeare joy, such as the sun does.

From the title “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” an aspect of nature appears to be more powerful than human kind. Shakespeare is questioning himself whether his lover’s beauty can ever be compared to that of a summer’s day. The reader can begin to assume from the title that the writer believes that nature’s beauty would be degraded if it was compared to a human being; Shakespeare’s lover. The thought that Shakespeare questions himself to compare his lover to an element of nature shows that the poet believes that humankind is inferior to nature.

In the poem “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” Shakespeare compares nature to his mistress’ and shows how...
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