William Shakespeare's Sonnet

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Shakespeare is a great writer who wrote one hundred and fifty four sonnets and due to the number and their consistent quality, his particular style became known as "The Shakespearean sonnet form" . Shakespearean sonnet has "fourteen lines, broken down into three quatrains and ending with a rhyming couplet" . Shakespeare mostly wrote his sonnets about love. It was traditional during the Elizabethan age, for gentlemen to write love sonnets about their lover and give it to her. In this work I will compare William Shakespeare's written sonnet "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" in the 16th century and Howard Moss's offered interpretation of this sonnet.

The Shakespeare's sonnet is about the power of love to immortalize the poetry. From the first lines of the sonnet we can see the idealized image of Shakespeare's friend:

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:"

The poet compares his friend to summer.

But summer is changing and after summer is coming autumn. The author describes summer only to ensure that his friend will live forever through his verse. The poet believes that as long as there is breath in mankind, his poetry too will live on. In the first eight lines the author shows the differences between the person and a summer's day. He explains that the person's characteristics is "more lovely and more temperate" in line 2.

"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" (line 3) - here the author describes the character of nature, but his hero has no such trait.

In the forth line of the sonnet Shakespeare emphasizes that summer is too short, but his friend's beauty does not end. In the next two lines, lines 5 and 6, the author describes how summer...