This year, we are marking the 450th birthday of Shakespeare. In this occasion, we were assigned one poem and one play, Sonnet 18 and Hamlet. Since I already had some knowledge about Hamlet, this was a good opportunity to read and work with another poem written by Shakespeare.


Sonnet 18 

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.

Analyzing this sonnet might seem to some a bit unnecessary. Shakespeare writes for the most straightforward in language, consequently making it easy to understand the context. This sonnet is, therefore, not surprisingly about love and stability. A cliché? No, actually not. At his time (1609), this way of writing was not yet a cliché. In fact, one can say that Shakespeare was amongst the first of using the techniques later associated with clichés. For instance, the comparison between his beloved one and the summer was more inventive than people might grasp.

There are a lot of things which should be said about Shakespeare, so if you are interested in learning more about him, you can check out some of these links

Are you doing something special to celebrate Shakespeare’s anniversary?

– Kristin


17 thoughts on “Shakespeare

  1. It is a great sonnet! And he pays the greatest respect to his loved one here. He refuses to compare her with a summer’s day, because the summer is as he says hath all too short a date. Better to compare her with this poem that lives forever just like his love for her! Wonder if you would be able to recite this poem?

  2. Hey Kristin, Im julio from Joliet west high school in Joliet Illinois, I think your paper was very intresting, and well writen. I never really thought about Shakespeare or knew anything about him until now.

  3. Hey Kristin, my name is chris and im from joliet west high school and i think the paper you wrote was very informative and interesting and also very well written. Shakespeare is a very interesting man to study and learn about so keep up the good work. 🙂

  4. Hey kristin, my name is Mateo and im form Joliet West high school. i think you did a really good job with this article, it is very interesting to know a man like shakespeare. but i wonder have you seen any of his plays? me personally i ike hamlel and romeo and juliet. good work 🙂

  5. This seems like a very interesting thing to research on and Shakespeare is a great influence on youths in my eyes.

  6. Hey kristin, Im Jack Crozier from joliet west high school. Your paper was very intresting, i never knew there was a celebration for Shakespear! Ive always known his little bit about him but this helped me understand a lot more. Great Job!

  7. he really shows how much he loved his people in his words. shakespear will always be remembered for his greatness

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