Comparison Of Shakespeare Shal Essay

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Comparison of 2 Poems Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney and Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in a small agricultural town in county Derry. In 1957 he went to Queen's University in Belfast where he studied literature. He returned to Queen's in 1965 as a lecturer. In 1972 Heaney moved to the Republic of Ireland because of the bitterness between Catholics and Protestants in the North. He taught at Carysfort College in Dublin from 1975 to 1980. He also taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts and Cambridge, England. His poetry is mainly concentrated upon his childhood years in Northern Ireland. The greatest achievement so far in his life is that he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995. William Shakespeare is recognised the world over as being the greatest playwright, dramatists and writer of all time. He was born in 1564 and baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. He was the third of eight children and the eldest son. He apprenticed his father as a glove maker but because of declines in business it would no longer be commercially viable for him to take over his fathers business. In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, who was the daughter of a local farmer, to whom he had a daughter in 1583 and twins, a boy and a girl, in 1585. The boy did not survive. By 1592 William Shakespeare had attained success as an actor and playwright in London. His Sonnets and poems, written between 1593 and 1609, also established him as a gifted and popular poet of the Renaissance. Shakespeare's poetic efforts include a series of one hundred and fifty four Sonnets, in which he developed the Shakespearean sonnet as a new poetic form, arranged as three quatrains and a single rhyming couplet. The Sonnets describe the devotion of a character, which is often the poet himself, to a young lady in whom he is infatuated. The sonnet uses the rhyme scheme: A B A B C D C D E F E F G G In "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" which is Sonnet eighteen in the series of one hundred and fifty four, Shakespeare writes in praise of his lady's beauty. He, in tradition, uses something in nature in comparison to a woman's beauty, in this case to a wonderful summer's day. Shakespeare, in this case, does not start by comparing the two but instead he asks the question, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Which in fact is a metorical question, he then goes on to explain in meticulous detail how his lady's beauty is much greater than that of a summers day. He dismisses the summer's beauty as an in adequate comparison, "Thou art more lovely and more temperate." Shakespeare refuses to idealise the summer, he points out the imperfections in nature's summer, "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May," " Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines." He shows us that the summer time is only superficially beautiful and...

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