Sonnet 18 school contest (2014)

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Sonnet 18 school contest (2014)

  1. 1. Sonnet 18: Shall I compare theeShall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?to a Summer’s Day? By William Shakespeare
  2. 2. SONNET • Poetry form that began in 13th century. It means ‘little song’ (Italian sonnetto) • Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets! • Sonnet 18 is his most famous Shakespearean sonnets: • A sonnet is composed of fourteen lines. • A sonnet contains a “problem” in the first part of the poem, which is typically resolved in the final one.
  3. 3. Sonnet 18 • Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art 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 dimm'd; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
  4. 4. Paraphrase Should I compare you to a day in summer? You’re even prettier and warmer than a summer day. The flower buds from May start to bloom, but summer will end too soon. The sun is sometimes too hot, even when it’s cloudy. It’s a shame the season is changing because summer is so pretty. Usually things change, but you will not; you will always be beautiful. You are so pretty that death wont want you or brag about having you. Even when death is approaching, as long as are remembered through this poem, your beauty will never die.
  5. 5. Summary or Reversal? “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.” Sonnet 18 couplet is a summary – the entire poem discusses how her beauty will not fade. – his opinion is consistent throughout the poem. – the theme does not change and there is no ‘turn’ in any part of the poem.
  6. 6. Theme There are many themes throughout this sonnet but the main idea is that her beauty will not ever change. Also, it portrays that death will not kill her beauty. Shakespeare believes that through poetry, her beauty will be immortal. EVIDENC E Line 9 “But thy eternal summer shall not fade” Line 13-14 “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.” Line 12 “When in eternal lines to time thou growest.”
  7. 7. Theme There are many themes throughout this sonnet but the main idea is that her beauty will not ever change. Also, it portrays that death will not kill her beauty. Shakespeare believes that through poetry, her beauty will be immortal. EVIDENC E Line 9 “But thy eternal summer shall not fade” Line 13-14 “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.” Line 12 “When in eternal lines to time thou growest.”

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