Analysis of Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day, First Love and Let Me Not
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day is written by William
Shakespeare and it is about him describing a person. It is most likely
to be a lover because he is using language which is more generally
associated with love. In the first two lines he say's that "Shall I
compare thee to a summers day?" He also says you are lovelier and more
temperate. He is saying that you are even nicer than a summer's day
and a nice person who is evenly tempered. He then uses references to
the "darling buds of maie," these tell us that they are beautiful and
a sign that summer is on its way.
He then changes the mood of the sonnet by complaining about how Summer
doesn't last any longer, it is too short. "And Sommers lease hath all
too short a date." in lines five to eight he is personifying the sun,
in line five he is saying that it is sometimes too hot, he uses a
metaphor to say this about the sun, he describes the sun as the "eye
of heaven", " Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines." He then says
that too often it is cloudy and beauty fades by nature or by chance.
"And often is his gold complexion dim'd, and every faire from faire
some-time declines, by chance or natures changing course untrim'd."
Now he goes back to talking about her and how she is always superior
over summer, unlike summer her eternal summer shall not fade, she will
always be beautiful and her beauty is eternal. He backs up this idea
by talking about death, he personifies this by saying "nor shall death
brag thou wandr'st in his shade", this is saying that she can defeat
death and death cannot o anything.
In the last two lines of the poem he tell us that as long as men are
still alive and can breathe and see, his poem lives on and by this,
this gives life to her making her live forever.
First Love is a poem written by John Clare, and straight away just by
looking at the title we know what this poem is about. He uses very
strong and powerful language in the first verse of the Sonnet and he
is talking about how in love he is. In the first line he says that I
never was "struck", almost as if he was hit by love, even though we
know he doesn't mean the literal term of being hurt by this. He was
struck by love at first sight which struck suddenly and so "sweet". He
is describing her beauty and saying that it is like a blooming flower
which stole his heart almost as if his heart could be taken away from
his body and be a separate part of him.
He then goes on to say in lines five to nine to speak about the effect
of her beauty on him. His face turned pale almost a "deadly pale" and
his "legs refused to walk away". He is transfixed with her and cannot
move. His "life and all seemed to turn to clay." In the second verse
he is saying that all the blood...