Sonnet XVIII: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?
By William Shakespeare
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.
Sonnet 18, performed by Bertram Selwyn:
Here is a musical interpretation of the sonnet:
Sonnet 18 follows the English sonnet form, and is composed of three quatrains followed by a couplet, with the rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gg.
Quatrain: A poem or stanza consisting of four lines.
Couplet: In poetry, a pair of rhyming lines often appearing at the end of a sonnet.