Essay on Sonnet 18

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Sonnet18, the most famous poem by William Shakespeare, often titled Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? figure1( William Shakespeare was born in 26 April 1564 and then died in 23 April 1616, he was an English poet and playwright, people regard him as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.( Greenblatt, Stephen (2005), Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, London: Pimlico, ISBN 0712600981.) He is often called England's national poet. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. (Craig, Leon Harold (2003), Of Philosophers and Kings: Political Philosophy in Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "King Lear", Toronto: University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0802086055.) 0figure2 ( To whom William Shakespeare wrote this sonnet is his beloved--William Herbert, a handsome noble youth, even though those kinds of poems are commonly referred to a woman.( In the beginning of this poem, ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.’ Writer compares his beloved to a summer’s day, and debates that his beloved is both more lovely and more temperate. ‘Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, and often is his gold complexion dimmed;’ these two sentence means the stormy winds can shake off the buds of May, and summer is too short, sometimes the sun may be too hot, Apollo’s face may dimmed. These
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