Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day

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Teanna Armstrong
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March 11, 2013

Sonnet, Theme, and Structure of “Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day?”

A sonnet’s structure has symbolism and it presents the theme in many poems of Literature. In the poem “Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day?” by William Shakespeare happens to be a sonnet. To begin with, the sonnet mentioned above is called a Shakespearean sonnet. It is composed of three four-line quatrains and a concluding two-line couplet. Certain components of the author’s point are suggested to be based on its structural patterns; components such as thought and feeling. Meaning this sonnet can introduce the subject in the first quatrain, expand and develop it in the second and third quatrains, and conclude something about it in its final couplet. This whole set up helps the reader to capture the theme; and helps the author to organize the theme. As well as, the sonnet’s structure plays a key role, other than just being a Shakespeare and sonnet. The structure of the sonnet is strictly constrained, and this one in particular is believed to be a fixed form sonnet. Poems in fixed forms are recognized by their rhyme, meter, and repetition. Furthermore, usually in its opening line the central idea of the poems is expressed. The theme of the poem “Shall I Compare the to a summer’s day” May be stated as: Can someone, or the subject, really be compared to all the components of a summer after understanding the theme it shows the reader that the sonnet is asking is the subject comparable to a summer’s day, making the structure of the poem easier to understand. To illustrate, the theme is hinted in the first half of the first stanza; which starts the order of the sonnet’s theme. It is clearly indicated that the second line: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s Day?” (874) is the question that he will be answering. This question also shows that a comparison will be made. The question that remains is what is...
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