Charlotte Burchetta '22

Samantha Sawhney ’24 appreciates the various meanings that Shakespeare’s writing often has.

Samantha Sawhney ’24: Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

“My favorite sonnet is Sonnet 18 because I think it has an interesting command of language and commentary,” Samantha said.  “What I love most about Shakespeare’s writing is his subtly and ability to allude to greater concepts.”

Sonnet 18: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

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 dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st 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.
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