Lord Of A Summer 's Day By William Shakespeare And Annabel Lee

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How would you describe and immortalize the person you love? Would you describe your love for them in a joyful way or in a melancholy way? Would you stay by their side, till death do you part or would you make sure that people could read about your love, for all of eternity? Even though, in both poems, “Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer’s Day? (Sonnet 18)” by William Shakespeare and “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe, describe and immortalize a loved one, they have similarities in their use of nature imagery to show how they expressed their love and how they memorialize their loved ones, Shakespeare tends to uses more delightful images while, Poe’s imagery is a bit more melancholic.

The narrator of Shakespeare’s sonnet uses nature imagery to describe his lover. The sonnet starts out by asking, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate:” (1-2). From the start you get the image that the narrator’s love, is that of a bright and beautiful summer’s day. The word “temperate” can mean an area of mild temperatures, but Shakespeare used it to describe a balance of the “humours”. The narrator continues to describe the ways that summer is not perfect, it can be windy and be too short; “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, / And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;” (3-4). The sun can be too hot and that there may be clouds; “Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, / And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;” (5-6). Unlike…

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