How was the question answered in the poem "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"In the opening lines, what is the speaker asking? How is the question answered?

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In the opening lines, the speaker is asking if he should compare the woman he loves to a summer day.  In other words, he is asking if he should do the typical poetic thing of comparing the one he loves to something lovely from nature.

What he concludes is that he should not.  He concludes that she is much nicer than some summer day.  He also concludes that she will (because of his poetry) live forever.  This is in contrast to a summer day or even to a whole summer since summers don't last very long.

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Sonnet 18

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