Shall I Compare Thee...? by William Shakespeare

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Language Techniques and Analysis

  • 'summer's day?' - rhetorical question, pleasant, happy, positive
  • 'more temperate' - even-tempered
  • 'shake' - personification
  • 'too' repetition
  • 'eye of heaven' - metaphor for the sun
  • 'gold complexion dimm'd' - personification (clouds)
  • 'fair' - repetition -> emphasis of beauty
  • 'changing course' - alliteration
  • 'Death brag' - personification, strong emotions
  • 'eternal lines' - immortal verses
  • 'So long' - repetition -> creates a sense of certainty, confident about ever-lasting love
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Whole Poem

  • Also known as Sonnet 18 - about a man
  • All of Shakespeare's sonnets are either about a 'dark lady' or a man
  • Sonnets: about love, 14 lines long, invented by Petrarch, popular in Elizabethan era
  • Iambic petrameter (5 stressed, 5 unstressed beats)
  • Regular rhyme scheme: ABABCDCDEFEFGG
  • 1st person
  • Rhyming couplet at the end
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