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At a glance:
- Author: William Shakespeare
- First Published: 1609
- Type of Poem: Sonnet
- Genres: Poetry, Sonnet
- Subjects: Love or romance, Nature, Beauty, Flowers, Death or dying, Corruption, Universe, Sun, Summer
This fourteen-line poem begins with a straightforward question in the first person, addressed to the object of the poet’s attention: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” After a direct answer, “Thou art more lovely and more temperate,” the next seven lines of the poem develop the comparison with a series of objections to a summer day.
William Shakespeare develops the “temperate” elements of his comparison first, leaving the “lovely” qualities for later consideration. His first criticism of summer is that in May rough winds shake the...
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