Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

Today’s the first day of summer. In honor of the day, here’s one of the best known poems in the English language that refers to the summer. It’s Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18.

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Hope you enjoy reading this classic poem and that you have a nice summer!


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One Response to “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”

  1. David W Solomons Says:

    Hey there Lisa, don’t leave your hubby out of the loop, he did such a wonderful (well, wondrous!) rendition and exegesis of this sonnet ;-)
    Kind regards

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