Love in Shakespeare’s Poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”


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Love in Shakespeare's Poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?"
The concept of love in the poem “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” is elucidated by William Shakespeare through his mastery of comparing the qualities of a natural phenomenon with a deep emotion. Line 2 states: “Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” This description of love utilizes a number of aspects of sunlight. The first aspect is the connection that sunlight is lovely and that this visually pleasing quality relates to the object of affection. Secondly, the physical characteristic of heat from sunlight is also referred to. Interestingly enough, Shakespeare describes the heat from sunlight as being temperate. This quality would not be the case in southerly...
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.....fection is a veritable elixir of immortality. Thus, this person simply would not be allowed to die. The other obvious implication of this premise is that the typical physical characteristics such as beauty would also be maintained due to this state of immortality, thus further supporting the attraction between the two parties which is exhibited in this poetic expression of love.
Shakespeare generally used this poem as a device by which natural phenomena and magical concepts such as an endless summer and immortality could be equated with love. Such comparisons lend voluble credence to the concept of love.
Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?.” Fleur-de-lis Designs. n.d. Web. 23 Sep.