Sonnet 18 shall I compare thee to a summer’s day figurative language

Figurative language in sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day, William Shakespeare sonnet 18,

Analysis, summary, theme, reflection

Description about the poem Sonnet 18 William Shakespeare  

Shakespeare begins “Sonnet 18” with a question. 

Figurative language in sonnet 18

Shakespeare was pessimistic about his love who was a boy. The poet compares his love with a summer day which indicates youth. The poet finds his lover so much lovelier. Summer is portrayed as fair and lovely, hot and youth also it seems too short and too hot to tolerate. The temperature of the poet’s lover also seems very hot like a summer’s day. And seems he was lovely like a summer’s day. That’s why Shakespeare begins “Sonnet 18” with a question. He wants permission to compare he’s his love with a summer’s day.

Shakespeare indicate that time may be conquered.

He can conquer time with his great writing. His writings will be eternal. As long as men can breathe and they can see the writings of Shakespeare will be among them. And Shakespeare will be praised by all. So, the time can be conquered with his (s) creation. They will be lost long

Figurative language in sonnet 18 is an example of pathetic fallacy.

Pathetic fallacy is a poetic device that is similar to personification. The pathetic fallacy also indicates inanimate objects, animals on elements of nature which is used as a human attribute. In the poem, Shakespeare used “summer” as a pathetic fallacy because “Summer” represents youth also good times which is connected with the human. There is also some example of pathetic fallacy. They are “The eye of heaven”, “gold complexion”, ”death brag”. 

The Speaker uses some national imagery to create a picture of the young man’s beauty. The speaker compares the boy to a “Summer’s day”. Summer’s day is lovely, hot and it also indicates youth. The Summer’s day indicates the youth of the young man and his beauty.

In the fifth line, Shakespeare describes the hat the eye of heaven shines which indicates the sun. And the sun is the cycle of life. Sun is the source of light and life. The Speaker compares the young man to the sun. The young man is more beautiful than the sun. The beauty of the young man is eternal. The sun describes the most wonderful and beautiful things which make the world beautiful with its light. And The speaker used the sun and the light as the young man’s beauty.

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