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