Shall I compare thee to a summers day?

Sid back at ya with another blog post!

This post is featuring William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”. This poem was supposed to represent a message to a lover comparing her to a summers day. It talks about how she will forever be beautiful because of this eternal poem.

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

(Mantyk 2016)

The narrator talks about even though his lover shall die she will always will be beautiful. In line 1 the narrator wonders if he should even compare his lover to a summer day. From line 2 to 9 he explains how summer isn’t perfect. It doesn’t last long, the sun isn’t always shining and how it’s windy. Compare this to his lover who is always bright, has a long life span and isn’t wind (made that up???). All the rest of the lines talk about how his lover will always live as long as this poem does. (Even though the lover and William Shakespeare have been dead for a long time)

Mantyk, By Evan. “10 Greatest Poems Ever Written.” Society of Classical Poets. N.p., 27 Oct. 2016. Web. 02 Nov. 2016.

Image is from:
“10 Interesting Facts about William Shakespeare.” WhatThaFactcom. N.p., 08 Oct. 2013. Web. 02 Nov. 2016.


5 thoughts on “Shall I compare thee to a summers day?

  1. Wow, great analysis. Broke down the lines and clearly defined the symbolism. Do you think that this poem is a good starter for anyone wanting to get into Shakespeare?

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    1. Yes, that is though because it is in my opinion and it’s my favourite poem. Also are you going to do a report on this or anything because i’ll feel happy that you cite me? Share the word thanks!


  2. Interesting that you chose to pen down your thoughts on this beautiful poem… I like how the message of the poet resonated with you… do you think the poet struggled with defining eternity? Concept of ‘forever’? Alternatively, as someone who finds writing interesting, do you believe that ‘words’ live forever?


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