Sonnet 18 Analysis

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The fact that Shakespeare employs two lines to point out summer’s decline acts as a focus on a new and powerful observation. “But thy eternal summer shall not fade,” further promotes the theme of eternity. The narrator has used the last three lines to make a point: the man who is being addressed is not only better than summer in every way, but he is also immortal in his beauty. Line eleven finalizes this point by saying that even Death—used as a noun to signify a killer or even Satan himself—will not brag about having the man “wander’st in his shade.” This also creates an image of holiness and infallibility; it makes the man seem not only perfect but god-like in the reader’s eyes. It becomes obvious that Shakespeare holds this man in high esteem and adores him with all his heart. The metaphor ends on line twelve, but it is already clear that no accurate comparisons can be made between the godly youth and a rough, short, hot summer’s day.
The last couplet takes the reader’s away from the metaphor and restates the recurrent theme of immortality. Shakespeare explains that by writing this sonnet he guarantees the man eternal life for “as long as men can breath, or eyes can see,” (13). This line finalizes the man’s image as that of a being that is more than a mere human. By being able to transcend time, he becomes a god in Shakespeare’s mind. View More »

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