dedicated to similar comparisons between the beloved and summer days. In lines 2 and 3, the speaker
temperate.” (Line 2) Summer’s days tend toward extremes: they are sometimes shaken by “rough winds”
(line3) which happens and is not always as welcoming as the woman. However in line 4, the speaker
too short a date.” In the summer days, the sun, “the eye of heaven” (line 5), often shines “too hot,” or too
quickly for the speaker, its time here needs to be longer, and it also means that the chilling of autumn is
coming upon us because the flowers will soon be withering, as “every fair from fair sometime declines.”
(Line 7) The final portion of the sonnet tells how the beloved differs from the summer in various respects.
die. In the couplet at the bottom, the speaker explains how that the beloved’s beauty will accomplish this
the speaker is sometimes too unpleasant with the extremes of windiness and heat that go along with it.
summer. It is incidentally brought to life as being described as the “eye of heaven” with its “gold
complexion”. The imagery throughout the sonnet is simple and attainable to the reader, which is a key
factor in understanding the poem. Then the speaker begins to describe the summer again with the “darling
buds of May” giving way to the ” summer?s lease”, springtime moving into the warmth of the summer.
The speaker then starts to promise to talk about this beloved, that is so great and awing that she is to live
forever in this sonnet. The beloved is so great that the speaker will even go as far as to say that, “So long
as men breathe, or eyes can see,” the woman will live. The language is almost too simple when comparing
it to the rest of Shakespeare?s sonnets; it is not heavy with alliteration or verse, and nearly every line is its
own self-contained clause, almost every line ends with some punctuation that effects a pause. But it is this
allows for the reader to fully understand how great this beloved truly is because she may live forever in it.
is the power of the speaker’s poem to defy time and last forever. And so by doing this it is then carrying
“eternal summer” shall not fade precisely because it is embodied in the sonnet: “So long as men can
breathe or eyes can see,” (line 13) the speaker writes in the couplet, “So long lives this, and this gives life
to thee.”(Line 14) With this the speaker is able to accomplish what many have done in poetry and that is
them. Perhaps it is because of a physical beauty that the speaker see, but I believe that it is more because
of the internal beauty as seen in line 2, “Thou art more lovely and more temperate”, that the beloved is
deserving to live on forever.