Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare

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What is the mood and tone of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

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"Sonnet 18" is an interesting sonnet by way of tone.  The reason for that is because I think that the poem carries two distinct tones and moods depending on how it is read.  The first is a light, airy, and happy tone.  The speaker of the poem is trying to compare his lover to a summer's day.  Summer days are nice; therefore, the comparison feels apt.  Along with the rhyme, rhythm, and meter, the overall mood simply feels peaceful.  I do think that is the unintended tone and mood though.  

When a reader looks closely at the words of the poem, the reader realizes that the poet is expressing frustration at the inadequacy of the chosen metaphor.  He doesn't like the idea of comparing his love to a summer's day, because he feels that she is so much more

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