Sonnet #18 "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" -- William Shakespeare Mood: Cheerful, praising, awestruck, confident Theme: True beauty is immortalized through art and thus prevails despite the ravages of time.
Structure: Lines 1-9, 10-14 In sonnet #18,
In lines 1 to 9 of the sonnet, Shakespeare states his initial question "
The praise and awe is most evident in these lines as he reveals all the qualities the mistress possesses. In lines 10 to 14, the poet makes a confident assertion as to her "eternal summer" and reinforces the fact that her beauty will remain forever in art.
In the first line of the poem, the poet asks a rhetorical question to establish what he is comparing his mistress to. He is taking something already regarded as beautiful and is rising above it to begin the praise of his lady. The extent of her beauty is immediately illustrated as she is "more lovely and more temperate" than summer itself. By this, the poet suggests that she is more gentle and restrained whereas a summer's day may have violent excesses in store. The beautiful flowers present at the beginning of summer are shaken by the "rough winds" and this reveals that...