Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day? (William Shakespeare) Ludovica Ferrini

(Sonnet XVIII)
                             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 shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed;
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.



      Language and Form 
-          General structure and rhyme scheme
-          Use of comparison
-          Adjectives and key-words
       -     Personification

  The Meaning of the Poem
-          Imperfections in a summer’s day
-          Reasons for the decline of beauty
-          The eternal summer and beauty of the youth
-          Love made immortal by art

  History and Fortune of the Sonnet
-          The origins of the Sonnet: the Sicilian poets
-          Development of the Sonnet from Guittone to Petrarca
-          English Sonnets

  Shakespeare’s Sonnets
-     Composition and Publication 
-     Dedication to young Mister W.H.
              --The Portrait of Mr W.H. (Oscar Wilde)—
-          Characters
-          Themes

   Influence of this Sonnet in modern culture
-          References in films
-          “The Darling Buds” band
-          Books and TV series

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