Select one of the poems discussed in class today and write a Topic/Theme/Analysis critical reading. Remember to:
1) Identify which topic you will examine,
2) Articulate what you believe the poem is doing with or saying about that topic,
3) Show how one or more of the elements of poetry are helping to support your analysis.
An analysis of Shakespeare’s love philosophy will be carried out by looking at the lines, the symbols within Sonnet 18, one of the most famous sonnets by Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, though admits that time would wash away the beauty of his lover, he still view his lover as flawless and he will never change his loving, like how sun rises from east. At the beginning of the poem, it says that his lover is fairer than the summer’s day. But in line 7, he wrote about the inevitable mortality of beauty: “And every fair from fair sometime declines”. However, he wrote “But thy eternal summer shall not fade / Nor lose possession of that fair thou owes” after that and to eternalize the lover’s beauty.
In the sonnet, Shakespeare talked about lots of dissapointment towards summer because it is too short. He wrote ‘and summer’s lease hath all too short a date’ at the beginning, and how the sun behaves imperfectly – sometimes too hot, sometimes covered by clouds, causing a great contrast with his lover, who is much more well-tempered and is an “eternal summer shall not fade” . Also he claimed that his lover’s beauty will never fade in line 12.