1 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
2 Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
3 Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
4 And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
5 Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
6 And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
7 And every fair from fair sometime declines,
8 By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
9 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
10 Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest,
11 Nor shall death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
12 When in eternal lines to time thou growest,
13 So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
14 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Stylistic analysis…show more content…
An iambic foot has a long or stressed syllable following an unstressed or short syllable (/ x). Pentameter means that there are five metrical feet per line. Iambic Pentameter, therefore, means the verse has five feet of iambics.
As we can see in sonnet 18, there are ten syllables in each line and five ‘feet’. The ‘feet’ form the patterns of (X /).
x / x / x / x / x /
Shall I com pare thee to a sum mer’s day x / x / x / x / x /
Thou art more love ly and more tem Pe rate x / x / x / x / x / rough winds do shake the dar ling buds Of May x / x / x / x / X /
And sum mer’s lease hath all too short A date x / x / x / x / X /
Some time too hot the eye of hea Ven Shines x / x / x / x / X / and of Ten is his gold com ple Xion dimmed x / x / x / x / X / and e very fair from fair some time De clines x / x / x / x / X /
By chance or na ture’s chan ging course Un trimmed x / x / x / x / X / but thy e ter nal su mer shall Not fade x / x / x / x / x /
Nor lose po sse ssion of that fair Thou owest x / x / x / x / X /
Nor shall death brag thou wan derest in His hands x / x / x / x / X /
When in e ter nal lines to time Thou growest x / x / x / x / X /
So long as men can breathe or eyes Can see x / x / x / x / X /
So long lives this and this gives life To thee
The use of figurative language (metaphor)
Apart from these phonetic schemes, this poem also involves some metaphor where summer is