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What is the mood and tone of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

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dewanazim | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 23, 2011 at 8:30 PM via web

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What is the mood and tone of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM (Answer #1)

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In Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, he is asking a rhetorical question. "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" is the question. In this rhetorical question, he proceeds to compare his beloved to a summer's day. His tone is endearing, evoking affection from his beloved and the reader. He writes a beautiful poem that capture's his beloved's beauty.

The mood leaves the reader with such optimism. The poem is refreshing. There is such a delightfulness in the poem. There is a magic quality as his beloved takes on an immortal beauty. His beloved will live on forever. Immortality shall render his loved one as a youth with beauty that shall not fade.

Clearly, the poem has an immortal quality for audiences still enjoy the sonnet. The speaker's beloved has escaped death in the unending verse of Sonnet 18.

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