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Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer's Day
This is a love poem. When we read it, we can find this love poem is different from we have read before. This form also interests us and then maybe we want to know how Shakespeare compared the young woman to the summer's day. In this poem, Shakespeare shows the beauty of the young woman by contrasting her against the beauty of summer.
In line 2 " Thou art lovelier and more temperate." He simply describes that this young woman is more beautiful, and clam than sun. This sentence also tells us that she cannot compare to the sun. In lines three to six, Shakespeare shows the faults of summer's beauty, such as rough winds, too hot, and the time is so short. These four lines also make us know the reasons why he doesn't want to she compare to the summer. And these lines also prove that she is more beautiful than sun, she has many advantages that sun doesn't have. He uses "the eye of heaven" to symbolize the sun. The line "And every fair from fair sometimes declines." It means that although summer is beautiful, but it cannot be forever. Or nothing can remain beautiful in the world. At last, all beauties must be fade or die. But this young woman never does and will remain forever. In line seven and eight, he portray her beauty is the eternal summer and never fade. But her beauty not only including outside but also inside. At last two lines, he makes conclusion that she will never die. She will never be extinguished in his eternal lines. Because only reading the poem, people can know she is eternal summer and apprehend that she is so beautiful. From last two lines, I think that Shakespeare has a little pride. Because he says to the young woman that only you live in my poem and you will never die. And people can see you and understand your beauty by reading this poem. And you will never fade only by him. If not, no one can know how beautiful you are. At last, this poem leaves a very important ideas to us, that is " life is short; art is long."
The poem that we have read, " she walks in beauty" it also a love poem and also uses the comparison. But it uses directly way to describe the woman's beauty is liked the night of no clouds. This point is much different from the poem, " Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer's Day." This direct way makes us easily understand what the speaker wants to express. On the contrary, this poem (Shall¡K) use indirectly way. The speaker uses summer's fault and it makes us know strongly how beautiful she is. Maybe it is more difficult for us to understand hole the meanings, but it also deepens our imagination.