Shall I compare Thee to a summer's day

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Shall I compare Thee to a summer's day

  1. 1. Shall I compare Thee To A Summer’s Day? By Alice and Kaylee
  2. 2. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Biography
  3. 3. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Reasoning We chose Shakespeare’s poem “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” because we have never read any Shakespeare’s poems other than his play, so we think this is going to a great experience for us, as well as we appreciate his literature style very much. In this poem he used a lot of poetic techniques which made the poem interesting. Shakespeare presented love in a completely new way, giving us a different understanding about love. In the end, we think this poem is sweet and romantic.
  4. 4. “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” Poem
  5. 5. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? William Shakespeare 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 shine, And often in 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 ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
  6. 6. Theme & Structure
  7. 7. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Theme The theme of our poem is eternal love. Shakespeare compares his lover to summer, the most beautiful season of the year. However, summer’s beauty cannot exist all year long, but his love for her and her beauty will always exist. But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
  8. 8. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Structure Our poem is a Shakespearean sonnet. This type of sonnet is divided into four distinct parts. It starts off with three quatrains and ends with a rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg. Each quatrain offers different examples of, or statements, on a theme. The final couplet contains the conclusion to the
  9. 9. Poetic Devices
  10. 10. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Extended Metaphor The entire poem is an extended metaphor comparing a summer’s day to Shakespeare’s lover’s eternal beauty. Quatrain 1: Compared to a summer’s day, she is better than a summer’s day because she is more lovely and temperate. In lines 3 and 4 Shakespeare compares how summer eventually ends but his love for her and her beauty never will. Quatrain 2: Shakespeare compares the ever-changing seasons with his lover’s unchanging beauty. Quatrain 3: Shakespeare says his lover’s beauty is will never fade, his lover for her is eternal.
  11. 11. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Symbolism In the poem, a summer’s day is a symbol for the poet’s love for his lover and her eternal beauty. Most people think summer is the most beautiful season in the year since it is always so sunny and bright. This is the same perspective as Shakespeare’s, only better. During summer, winds blow the buds off of the flowers, destroying their beauty. However, her beauty is eternal, nothing in the world can damage her beauty. Seasons cycle during the year, summer will not stay forever. But no matter what happens, her beauty will always exist as she lives on in
  12. 12. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Imagery Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May (line 3) This line provides a good image (sight) of petite buds swaying in wild wind. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines (line 5) This line provides a good image (sight) of hot summer sun, shinning in the glorious sky.
  13. 13. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Other Poetic Techniques Within the poem, Shakespeare also used the following techniques: Personification Ex: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, (Line 5) And often his gold complexion dimm’d; (Line 6) He is giving heaven a human trait, saying heaven has an eye. Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
  14. 14. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Other Poetic Techniques Iambic Pentameter All of the lines in this poem has a pattern of non- stressed followed by a stressed syllable. Ex: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Metric Poetry This poem consists of a rhythm pattern, with ten syllables in each line. Ex: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all to short a date:
  15. 15. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Questions 1)If you were Shakespeare and you wanted to write a love poem, what would you compare your lover to? Why? 2)Why did Shakespeare use summer to compare his love in the poem? How is this choice effective? 3)Do you believe love is eternal? Why?
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  17. 17. www.nordridesign.com LOGO Thank you for listening to our presentation! We Hope You Enjoyed It! The End

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