Sonnet 18

William Shakespeare and love. The poems written by this English playwright and poet are examples of beautiful love poetry. Sonnet 18 is no exception. The unofficial title of this poem is Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?


In this poem, Shakespeare tells us what love is all about. A description of something beautiful. The start of the summer – that is based on warm days in May. Love can give great power, but it is sometimes difficult to compare or describe this feeling.

This poem (sonnet) is probably the most read poems written by Shakespeare. This poem is part of the Fair Youth sequence. This sequence holds a total of 126 poems that was first published in 1609. even though the language dates back to the seventeenth century, this poem is still a great example when it comes to describing love or the feeling of being in love.

In this poem, Shakespeare asks if he could compare love to the summer. There are reasons not to do this, because this love he feels is so deep, so intense.

Sonnet 18

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

— William Shakespeare

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