Sonnet 18 By William Shakespeare

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Sonnet 18 is among the most famous of Shakespeare’s works and is believed by many to be one of the greatest love poems of all time. Like other sonnets, it is written in iambic pentameter form, consisting of four quatrains and a rhyming couplet. Shakespearean sonnets are very good works of literature to assess. They all have a universal theme, uses of figurative language, and other useful tools to make his points all clear. In “Sonnet 18”, Shakespeare is showing his love and affection towards one other person. He compares her to several things that are temporary just to prove that one person is the only eternal thing in his life. In “Sonnet 18”, Shakespeare uses several writing tools to make for a stronger argument and poem all together. The theme that Shakespeare is asserting in “Sonnet 18” is that love is eternal.This theme is universal as well because anyone can take something from it and although people may not have eternal love for a person, they at least have eternal towards something. In the last couplet, he writes “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” (lines 13-14). Here, he is using analogies in order for the reader to have an idea of how long his love will really last. Eyes will always see and men will always breathe, therefore, the love that he has will always be around as well. He also asserts his theme by saying how beautiful this person is to him. The summer sun gets dimmed by the clouds passing over it,
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