What are the similes and/or metaphors in Shakespeare's  Sonnets 18?

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A simile is the comparison between two things using the words "like" or "as" to denote the comparison. A metaphor, on the other hand, does not use the words "like" or "as" to denote the comparison.

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, "Shall I Compare the to a Summer's Day," there are multiple metaphors.

1. The first metaphor appears in line one. The metaphor is the comparison between the subject of the poem to a summer's day.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

2. The next metaphor appears in line five. Here, the comparison is made between the sun and a hot eye.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines.

3. One final metaphor is found in line eight. The seasons of the year are compared to a change of course.

By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd.

No similes appear in Sonnet 18.


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