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Sonnet 18 Prezi
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William Shakespeare Thank you for your attention! Title: Title: The speaker is a poet who is comparing two beauties; a summer’s day and his love. You can tell that the speaker is a poet by noticing the last line of the poem: “So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” The word this refers to the poem and the poem keeps the beauty of his love alive because her beauty is described in this poem. Another way you can tell that the speaker is a poet is by noticing that in line 12 where it states “When in eternal lines…” The speaker directly states that this is a poem; a poem that he believes will last forever. Paraphrase: Speaker: Attitude: This poem is basically the speaker comparing his beloved's beauty to a summer's day.
The first lines state that who the speaker is referring to is much more lovelier and bearable than the heat of a summer's day. The rough winds that summer brings take away all the spring blossoms. Summer is far too short and the sun is too hot. Even though everything else will lose its beauty at some point, you will not. Your beauty will last forever.
The speaker's goal is to explain that his beloved's beauty is more lovely than that of a summer's day and he manages this throughout his poem by carefully explaining that while a summer day will end, her beauty will not. Figurative Language: Symbolism-• The entire poem itself represents Shakespeare's desire to immortalize the person he speaks of through poetry (lines 13-14)
• Summer – (lines 9-14) “eternal summer shall not fade”, “death shall not brag thou wand’rest in his shade”, “eternal lines…gives life to thee”; symbolizes immortality
• (Line 4) Summer’s lease- likens Summer to a person who has to pay rent, and cannot stay on the property without doing so, so then a new tenant takes his or her place; Summer is limited by the end of its 3 months until it transitions to Fall
• “the eye of heaven” – gives the sun a human characteristic
• “Nor shall death brag” – personified as someone like the keeper of where one goes after passing away
• (line 14) – “so long lives this” refers to the poem itself allowing this person perpetuity in its splendor, prominence, exclamation
• (line 3) – rough winds do “shake” the “darling” buds of May
• (Line 9) – person’s existence to Shakespeare is compared to summer
• (Line 10) – “that fair thou ow’st” – possession of beauty
• (line 11) – “shade” is the afterlife; apparently after death one still “wanders” so Shakespeare doesn’t seem to believe in a complete end to one’s life
• Summer’s lease (line 4)- change in weather during the season
• Eternal lines to time- poetry Shakespeare believes will become recognized and in time the referred as well
Parallelism- (line 9 to line 12) eternal summer to eternal lines? Means something like if this poem goes down in history, so shall you (person referred to by speaker) admiration, adoration, love, proud/pride
The speaker possesses an attitude that is full of admiration and pride. The speaker depicts this attitude by comparing his beloved's beauty to a summer's day, which he states with pride that her beauty is much more powerful than that of a summer's day. The speaker's adoring attitude may clearly be seen when he states that although the beauty of a summer's day may come to an end, her beauty will last forever. - There is a shift after line 1 where the speaker introduces the topic, the question in this case which is if he should compare a summer’s day to his love. We know this because he directly questions if he should “compare thee to a summer’s day?” After the first line, he begins comparing a summer’s day to his love.
- There is a shift after line 8 where the speaker goes from comparing and pointing out the flaws of a summer’s day, to comparing and admiring the beauty of his love. We know there is a shift here because the speaker’s tone changes after line 8 from pointing out flaws in summer, to admiring the beauty of his love. We also know there is a shift here because there is the word “but” there which indicates a shift.
- There is a third and final shift after line 12 where the speaker finishes admiring the beauty of his love and goes into talking about his poem. After line 12 he begins his conclusion and states that so long as men are alive and “this lives”, this referring to the poem, the beauty of his love will live forever. Shifts:
-Immortality (creating an eternity through poetry)- Shakespeare is immortalizing this person with a sonnet he believes will go down in history; “Shall I compare thee to Summer’s day?” feels like he’s asking the person if he or she wants him to write poetry about him or her because the “compare” in the line is like the figurative language that poets use (metaphors), and a revered writer like Shakespeare creating poetry about you would turn you into a significant figure for the ages.
Theme: Period 6: Oscar, Alba, Evelyn, Anna The speaker lists some negative things about summer in an attempt to state that his beloved has beauty that will last forever, unlike the fleeting beauty of a summer's day. The speaker is comparing his beloveds beauty to a summer day. The speaker is saying that his beloveds beauty is some thing radiant, some thing beautiful. This is a Shakespearean poem because it carries the four major ideas that are needed to create a Shakespearean sonnet. It carries the rhyme scheme and exactly the way in which the quatrains should describe the poem. It represents an idea in the first quatrain. It continues to develop through out the poem. Is this a Shakespearean poem or Petrarchan?: This poem is developed through the speaker's attitude. The speaker introduces his goal in the first line and from there carries it on in a very explicit manner by simply stating that his love has a beauty that is greater than a summer's day and that it will last longer than a summer's day however, the poem is not truly developed without the speaker's feeling of admiration and love. The speaker wishes for everyone to know the beauty his beloved possesses and that no one and nothing can ever take it away, not even age nor death. How is this poem developed? And how do you know?: