Critical Appreciation of the sonnet no.18 "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day":This is one of best sonnets of Shakespeare. It is addressed to a young friend of the poet. Here the poet celebrates the beauty of his friend. The tradition of praising masculine beauty in verse was derived from Greek and Latin poetry and it became a fashion in English poetry after ‘The Renaissance’. The poet contrasts the ideal beauty of platonic conception embodied in his friend with the transient beauty of nature.
Furthermore, elements of superficial love are also in The Millers Tale, as Absolon loves Alisoun due to her “goddess corpus”. Both poems therefore illustrate superficial love as men become captivated with women due to them having physical beauty. However, additionally this could be interpreted as not being superficial love and demonstrates how society in the past had different values which made women desirable. Furthermore, feminine beauty within the two poems is compared to nature portraying a stereotypical type of love. The Knights Tale compares Emelye to flowers frequently as she is “fressher than the may with floures newe”.
Compare the presentation of the poems’ subjects in sonnets 18 and 130. One way Shakespeare presents the subject on the sonnet is the use of nature. Sonnet 18 is all about how the subject is ‘more lovely’ than even the most beautiful of things – ‘a summer’s day’. The subject is compared to nature in a different way, but still in a good light. ‘By chance or by nature’s changing course untrimm’d; / But thy eternal summer shall not fade’, this basically means that summer will come to an end but their beauty will not.
The lands that he once dominated have become a deserted land of sand and desolation. And in Sonnet 18, Herbert is compared to a summer’s day as a way to highlight his incomparable beauty in the mind of the reader. The author wants to make clear the difference between Herbert and a summer’s day; he describes Herbert as being “more lovely and more temperate” while summer is “too short” and “too hot”. For the themes of the two poems, the subject matter is completely different. Ozymandias has an ironic tone.
How does Shakespeare present the realities of love in Sonnet 18? On the surface, in Sonnet 18, Shakespeare expresses his everlasting love for a beautiful, goddess-like woman. However, there is a deeper, underlying meaning in sonnet 18 when analyzed. Sonnet 18 observes the significance of how the way someone looks physically, which could be perceived as superficial. For instance, in line 10, Shakespeare says, “Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest”, which implies that it is important that she retains her beauty.
Analysis of Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day, Shall I compare thee to a summer's day is written by William Shakespeare and it is about him describing a person. It is most likely to be a lover because he is using language which is more generally associated with love. In the first two lines he say's that "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" He also says you are lovelier and more temperate. He is saying that you are even nicer than a summer's day and a nice person who is evenly tempered.
I will prove this is true in the following paragraphs Shakespeare uses a large variety of metaphors and similes. A metaphor found in Sonnet 116,” Loves not Times fool, though rosy lips and cheeks” is a symbol of outer beauty that changes with time. Sonnet 138 shows a similar image, “When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies,” paints the picture of love in a similar way. Both the poems are depicting a love that has been through good and bad that have developed over time. For instance beauty fading with time and also trust fading.
The depiction of love is shown as true. Shakespeare has used religious imagery to show how Romeo and Juliet’s love is pure and that Romeo worships Juliet as a relic or a saint. The play also explores true love in act two, scene two where Romeo and Juliet exchange love vows. They show quick progression in their relationship because in this scene they get married. The poem ‘Valentine’ depicts love in a more truthful way, though it seems harsh and almost cynical.
SONNETS: ACHIEVED ESSAY Describe at least ONE idea that was worth learning about in EACH text. Explain how the writer showed you this idea was worth learning about in EACH text. An idea that was worth learning about in sonnets 18 and 116 by William Shakespeare, is the idea of love. Shakespeare made this idea worth learning about through his use of the sonnet as a poetic form. In sonnet 18 Shakespeare tries to immortalise the beauty of his love by writing the sonnet about them.
This is one of my favourite pieces of artwork because its shows the simplicity of Van Gogh’s lifestyle, even though he created some of the most beautiful paintings in the world. The reason I love Van Gogh’s work is because he uses such vibrant colours such as the different hues and shades of blue, the red of the bed cover, the green of the seat of the chair, and the yellow in the window, and he also has his own unique style of texture. The combination of texture and colour makes this painting very interesting to examine. Another characteristic of this painting is that Van Gogh has created the scene without it looking like a photograph. The way in which Van Gogh paints using perspective,