In the first two quatrains of "Sonnet 18," how is summer described?

Expert Answers info

lmetcalf eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2004

write1,941 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

What is unusual about the description of summer in Sonnet 18 is that the speaker mentions the negative aspects of summer.  Usually when we think of summer we think of the beautiful sun and warm temperatures, but here the speaker mentions the "rough winds" that shake the early flower buds, and the cloudy skies when the "gold complexion (of the sun is) dimmed."  The speaker comments on the fact that while summer is warm, it can sometimes be too hot to be enjoyable.  The ultimate point he makes about summer is that summer is imperfect and too short of a season, and like everything of nature, it eventually fades to something not as pleasant (like fall and later winter.)  This is what he means when he says that "every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 412 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

lmetcalf eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2004

write1,941 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History