Sonnet 72

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William Shakespeare Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? 		a Thou art more lovely and more temperate:						b Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,					a And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:					b Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines					c And often is his gold complexion dimmed,						d And every fair from fair sometimes declines,					c	 By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;				d But thy eternal summer shall not…show more content…
The lover is described as "more temperate" in line 2 and therefore less prone to vary between extremes. 	The second basic idea is the idea that time ends everything. The notion of time is already present in line 1 in which the "summer’s day" is mentioned, the day being one of the measures of time. Then in line 7 it says that every beauty at one time or another is affected either by chance or by the change of season ("nature’s changing course" line 8), in this case the end of summer. The object of the persona’s adoration does not suffer from this finiteness. His "eternal summer’s day shall not fade", or, as described in line 10, his beauty will remain his forever and the personification of death in line 11 shall not be able to make him follow him into the realms of the dead.             	This immunity from devouring time is accomplished by immortalisation in lines of verse. These lines will even make stronger and more beautiful as time proceeds, as line 12 points out. The use of the word "eternal" in this line as well as in line 9 ("eternal summer") contrasts sharply with the idea of finiteness attached to "a summer’s day" (line 1) and "every fair" (line 7). The immortalisation is continued in the final lines: life will be preserved by the readers
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