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Explain each two line stanza in sonnet 18? please

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rananona | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:15 AM via web

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Explain each two line stanza in sonnet 18?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:20 AM (Answer #1)

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  1. The speaker wants to think about comparing his love to a summer's day.  But he says she is more beautiful and more moderate than that.
  2. That's because there are strong winds and because summer doesn't last long.
  3. Sometimes it's too hot, sometimes not sunny enough.
  4. Everything that is beautiful naturally fades away and gets less beautiful.
  5. But she and her beauty will not fade.
  6. And she will never die -- death can never claim her.
  7. So long as this poem is around, it will give life to her.
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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 28, 2010 at 2:15 AM (Answer #2)

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Concerning your question about Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18," just so you don't leave the answers to your question with a misunderstanding, the sonnet isn't arranged in two-line stanzas.

A Shakespearean sonnet is usually organized in three quatrains (four-line stanzas), followed by a couplet (a pair of rhyming lines).  You can see this in the rhyme scheme of this sonnet:

a b a b c d c d e f e f g g

The rhymes form the stanzas with the combinations of a and b, c and d, e and f, and g and g.

Just to explain, in the first stanza, day and May rhyme, and temperate and date form a sight rhyme.

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