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Sonnet 18

What is the theme of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

The first line of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 appears to be a question: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Shakespeare doesn't ask, "May I," or "Can I," or "Would you mind if I," nor in any way...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020 5:38 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What are some literary devices used in Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare? Is it an example of the pathetic fallacy?

William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" begins with a rhetorical question that the poet nevertheless proceeds to answer. The nature of the question is a clue to...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 3:55 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is an example of a metaphor in Sonnet 18?

A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as." The overarching metaphor in this sonnet is that the speaker's beloved is better than the summer's day they are compared to. In...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020 11:11 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

Analyze the meter of the following four lines from William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18." Shall I compare thee to a...

Shakespeare wrote the following four lines in iambic pentameter. As the previous educator has explained, "iambic pentameter" refers to five metrical feet of unstressed and stressed syllables per...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2017 9:32 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Please explain the  last two lines of Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.

In the last two lines of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, the speaker argues that his beloved will be immortalized by the poem, that they will live on in the minds of men long after they have died. This...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the main purpose of Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare?

The main purpose of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is embodied in the end couplet: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this and this gives life to thee. The sonneteer's purpose is...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011 1:08 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What metaphors and symbols are used in sonnet 18 by Shakespeare? I thought about the summer as a symbol for youth.

My colleagues have answered this very well. I'd like to add a few comments.Summer traditionally represents the time in life when we are fully blooming. Spring is the virtuous youth. The metaphor he...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2007 4:28 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does Shakespeare compare his friend's beauty with the summer's day in Sonnet 18?

Shakespeare's intention when writing Sonnet 18 wasn't only to compare his friend's (or rather, his lover's) beauty to a summer's day, but to also point out that, in his eyes, the man's beauty and...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 12:03 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What does "sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines" from Sonnet 18 mean?

It's from Sonnet 18, and all it means is that sometimes the sun ("the eye of heaven") shines with too much heat. Here's the passage: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2009 6:45 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is an example of personification in Sonnet 18?

I can add a couple more examples to the previous answers if it will help. Of course the entire sonnet creates the idea that all the elements of nature share human characteristics which can be...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 5:07 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Why does Shakespeare compare the young man to a summer's day in Sonnet 18?

Sonnet 18 is a poem in which the speaker praises the beloved's beauty by comparing it to a summer's day. By the second line of the poem, though, we know that the beloved's qualities far exceed the...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018 3:29 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does Shakespeare's use of the image "the eye of heaven" in Sonnet 18 refer, not only to the sun, but convey...

In Sonnet XVIII by William Shakespeare, the use of "eye of heaven" is a figure of speech known as metonymy, the substitution of something closely related for the thing actually meant. With the sun...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2011 3:13 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day Theme

In my mind, the theme of the Sonnet is a reverence of love or feelings of emotions from the speaker to another element. Certainly, this could be the love of the creation of art or the ability to...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 8:26 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

In Sonnet 18, Line 12, "When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st" what are possible meanings for the word "lines?"

I can only come up with one meaning of the word "lines," and it is that the word refers to the lines of the poem, in which the speaker immortalizes his lover's beauty. Beauty and youth eventually...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2018 2:43 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the figure of speech in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

A figure of speech is a useful tool in literature, and introduces an inferred meaning into a description other than the literal interpretation. This allows for vivid descriptions and visual images...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2015 5:39 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What does the speaker of "Sonnet 18" say about summer?

The speaker wonders whether it would be appropriate to compare his love to a summer day, and then proceeds to outline the ways in which she actually exceeds it. First, he says that a summer day is...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 2:48 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does Shakespeare compare his beloved to a summer's day?

When the poet asks whether he should compare his beloved to a summer's day, the word "compare" connotes observing both similarities and differences. The poet goes on to note the differences between...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 10:04 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Why is the speaker’s loved one more lovely than a summer’s day in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

When Shakespeare argues that his beloved is more lovely than a summer's day in Sonnet 18, one thing he is thinking of is how short lived summer is. He points out that "summer's lease hath all too...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 2:18 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

In Shakespeare's sonnet 18, what kind of figure of speech is used in the line "Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in...

Shakespeare uses personification, punning, alliteration, and antithesis in this line, showing the richness of his technique. In personification, a non-human object or an abstract quality is given...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2017 11:36 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What are the strong feelings shown to us in Sonnet 18 and how are they presented to us by Shakespeare? (with...

Sonnet 18 forms part of the "Fair Youth" sequence of Shakespeare's sonnets and is similar in theme to several others within this sequence (sonnets 1–126). The speaker expresses his strong feelings...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2018 9:04 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

Explain the meaning of Shakespeare’s closing couplet in "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" How can this...

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day"), the poet is comparing the subject of the poem with nature. Though the summer is a beautiful time, the object of the poet's...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011 3:41 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What does the speaker mean by “eternal lines to time” (line 12)? What is the connection between those eternal...

In this sonnet "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" Shakespeare compares an unnamed woman to a beautiful summer day. The woman comes out favorably in the comparison because sometimes the sun...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2015 12:21 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What are three problems that the poet finds with a summer's day in Sonnet 18 in lines 1-4: "Shall I compare thee to a...

The speaker of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" compares his loved one and a summer day and finds the summer day to be lacking. In the first four lines of the poem the speaker identifies three...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 2:13 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is a critical analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

A critical analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 discusses everything from structure to rhetorical figure of speech word schemes. The structure is that of an English, or Shakespearean, 14 line...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011 1:34 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does Shakespeare try to make his friend immortal in Sonnet 18?

There are several lines in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 that refer to his beloved's mortality. However, Shakespeare argues in his concluding couplet that he is making his beloved immortal through his...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 1:18 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the rhyme scheme of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18"? Is the poem an Elizabethan or a Petrarchan sonnet?

Let’s start with a quick review of how rhyme schemes are notated. First, we identify the final syllable in the first line of the poem, and label that sound “a”:1. Of this World's theatre in which...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2016 9:13 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

In the third quatrain (lines 9–12), the speaker makes a daring statement to his beloved. What does he claim will...

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is ultimately about the poet's belief that his "eternal lines to time" (this poem) will allow the person he is speaking to to live forever. He claims in the final couplet...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 10:24 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What are some of the features of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

This poem has one dominating metaphor in which the beauty of the speaker's beloved is compared to an "eternal summer." She comes out ahead, obviously, as her beauty will "never fade" while summer's...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 2:12 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What figure of speech is used in Sonnet 18, line 11: "Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade"?

Although the line is often cited as an example of personification, that is actually an impossibility. The reference to "death" is noting an action of the living, and since "death" is the ceasing of...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2008 2:11 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What are some similarities and differences between Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" and the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet?

Both "Sonnet 18" and act 2, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet contain declarations and explanations of love. Also, both employ nature-filled figurative language. However, in Romeo and Juliet, the reader...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020 2:23 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

How is death personified in line 11 of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

In this line, Death is seen as an actual entity (as in the Grim Reaper), capable of emotions such as pride. So, the poet says, this entity will not be able to "brag," because the subject of the...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018 5:04 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

Explain why the comparison of the poet’s love to a summer’s day is not appropriate in "Sonnet 18."

Shakespeare's famous Sonnet 18, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" begins with a false comparison, and the poem goes on to indicate why the comparison of the beloved to a summer's day is...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2018 4:15 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the denotation of "temperate" in line 2? 

The denotation, the literal meaning, of "temperate" means moderate and not excessive to one degree or another. In other words, the speaker is saying that his beloved is like the baby bear's...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 3:59 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

Describe the images, figures and rhyme scheme of "Sonnet 18".

There's an extensive, line-by-lne discussion of William Shakespeare's sonnet 18 at the web site given below. To answer your question quickly, though, let me say that following: The rhyme scheme is...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2010 1:07 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does the structure of Sonnet 18 influence its content?

The volta (turn in thought) at line nine signals a change in mood between the lament in the first eight lines and the optimism expressed in the final six lines. In the first eight lines, the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017 4:21 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the style, technique, and language of "Sonnet 18"?

Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" is written in the style of a Petrarchan sonnet. In a Petrarchan sonnet, the first eight lines pose a problem or a question, and the last six lines offer a solution or...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 9:06 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

What type of sonnet is William Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII (18)?

When speaking of English poetry, there are four kinds of sonnets to think about. These are the Petrarchan sonnet, the English sonnet, the Spenserian sonnet, and the Shakespearean sonnet. Sonnet...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011 10:54 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

In "Sonnet 18," what does the poet mean by "Thou art more lovely and more temparate"?  

The general idea of this sonnet is that the narrator is comparing his beloved to something that most people would argue is beautiful and amazing. That thing is a summer's day, and the narrator's...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 11:25 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does Shakespeare use language for effect in Sonnet 18?  

One of the ways in which Shakespeare uses language for effect is by employing words with specific connotations. The language the speaker uses to describe the person he loves is overwhelmingly...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 1:37 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Why do you think Shakespeare begins "Sonnet 18" with a question?

Shakespeare begins “Sonnet 18” with the famous question, “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?” In doing so, he invites readers to picture a scene and to consider the nature of the inquiry for...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020 2:06 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Why is the "eye of heaven" in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 neither constant nor trustworthy?

There are several reasons why Shakespeare is portraying the sun as inconstant in Sonnet 18. The first reasons are literal, as we see in the lines: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 3:05 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

In Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18," how does the poet prove that even death cannot boast about capturing the beauty of the...

The heroic couplet is the summation of the argument presented in Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare; in its grammar and meaning it is complete: So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,/So long lives...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2009 10:29 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What importance does personification have in the development of Sonnet 18?

Personification plays a very important part in the development of this famous sonnet in the way that it allows the speaker to personify both the sun and death as he develops his argument as to why...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 2:52 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

Explain each two line stanza in sonnet 18? please

Concerning your question about Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18," just so you don't leave the answers to your question with a misunderstanding, the sonnet isn't arranged in two-line stanzas. A...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010 2:15 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

How does the poet express his adoration to his muse in "Sonnet 18"?

The poet expresses his adoration for his muse in an interesting way in this sonnet. He evokes the common language and comparisons of court poetry, only to suggest that they are actually inadequate...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 10:50 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the theme of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

This is hands down the most famous of Shakespeare's sonnets. The speaker compares the subject to a summer's day and points out the many trivial imperfections that a summer day might have, while...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 6:30 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

How is Death personified in Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII, "Shall I compare thee to summer's day?"

In Sonnet XVIII, Death is personified much like the Grim Reaper who comes for the beloved, desiring to claim her in "his shade"; this shade is an allusion to the valley of the shadow of death...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 11:24 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

In "Sonnet 18," how can the poet's beloved be eternal?

Like the summer's day the poet describes, which eventually must come to an end after only a fairly brief time, the beloved addressed in the poem is not literally immortal. He, too, has a "lease" on...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 12:44 pm UTC

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Sonnet 18

 How does the speaker in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" answer his own question? The speaker opens the sonnet by wondering...

The sonnet opens with the question "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?" The subsequent 13 lines do, in fact, compare the beloved to a summer's day; thus, the question is answered...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2016 4:10 am UTC

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Sonnet 18

What is the theme of "Sonnet 18"?

The theme of "Sonnet 18," although open to interpretation, is eternal beauty through verse. This is known as possibly "the" best of Shakespeare's sonnets beginning with the immortal line, "Shall I...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009 9:19 am UTC

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