Sonnet 72 Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare
Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? a Thou art more lovely and more temperate:b
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,a
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:b
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shinesc
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,d
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,c
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;d But thy eternal summer shall not fade,e
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;f
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,e When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:f
So long as man can breathe, or eyes can see,g
So long lives this and this gives life to theeg

3 Sentences:
1st sentence: line 1
2nd sentence: lines 2 - 8
3rd sentence: lines 9 - 14
This is a Shakespearean sonnet with no characteristics of a Petrarchan sonnet. GLOSSARY

Temperatemoderate
Darlingvery dear
Leasethe term during which possession is guaranteed
Datethe time during which something lasts
Complexioncolour, visible aspect, appearance
To declineto diminish, decrease, deteriorate
Untrimmednot carefully or neatly arranged or attired
Fairbeauty, fairness, good looks
Eternal infinite in past and future duration,
without beginning or end
To bragto declare or assert boastfully

‘SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER’S DAY’

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is one of the sonnets that describe the outstanding beauty of an unspecified lover and time as a relentless ravisher with no mercy for anyone or anything. The only way to defy time is to become immortal in verse. The persona is the “I” in line 1 and he (Shakespeare himself?) is addressing a person (a him or a her) whom he adores....
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