Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?. By William Shakespeare The Ultimate Love poem?. SONNET. Poetry form that began in 13 th C. Means ‘little song’ (Italian sonnetto ) Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets! Sonnet 18 is his most famous Shakespearean sonnets: 14 lines
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By William Shakespeare
The Ultimate Love poem?
The love I dedicate to your lordship is without end ... What I have done is yours; what I have to do is yours; being part in all I have, devoted yours."
RIGHT: Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton.
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The poet believes his beloved is as lovely as / lovelier than a Summer’s day. This is because sometimes summer is [select all those that apply!]changeable/full of flowers/windy/cloudy/rainy /wet/hot /too hot/ too short. By line 9 he is referring to his friend as Death/Eternal Summer, which shows he sees him as the standard of beautiful things. He goes onto say that, unlike the season of summer, his beloved’s beauty will fade/die/never fade because he will live on in this poem.
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