What is a critical analysis on the poem, "To His Love", by William Shakespeare?
The surface meaning of the poem is about a person, presumably a man, who is in love with this other person, presumably a girl. Obviously, the speaker has strong feelings towards the subject of the poem. The speaker compares the subject of the poem to the natural conditions of weather and then a brief comparison to death. However, the speaker believes that the subject of the poem is more beautiful, more consistent, and more radiantly powerful than either. The symbolic meaning/ theme of the poem reflects a deep love the speaker has for the subject, almost to say that it is the type of affection that transcends natural conditions such as meteorology or death. It is the type of true love and reverence that anyone who "can breath" or "can see" would understand. The poet employs several devices to assist in evoking this devotion. The first would be his use of the metaphor in comparing the subject of the poem to weather. The opening line heralds in this link: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" In this first line, we see the metaphor introduced, and the poet will continue and expand this comparison throughout the poem. The poet employs several examples of "figurative language" in lines 2-4 with the imagery of "temperate" and "darling buds," which create a mental picture of natural beauty in one's mind. This natural picture is complemented with the subject of the poem when he says in line 2, "Thou art," which means that the subject is more lovely than such images. In the second...
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