Sonnet XVIII. In the first two quatrains, how is summer described? In the third quatrain to what does the poet refer? ***Sepcific answers please, no summaries***

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In the first two quatrains of this poem, Shakespeare compares his love to a summer day in a variety of ways. In each case, summer is less appealing than his love.

He says, for example, that summer is too windy.  He also says that it is sometimes too hot and sometimes too cold.

In the next quatrain, he is talking about his love.  He is saying how she will be different from summer.  She will not fade away quickly like summer does.  She will live forever and death will never claim her.  So I suppose that you would say it refers to his love and her beauty and youth.