Zack and I wrote his horrid deconstruction of Shakespeare tonight for the Language Arts teacher from HELL school. Puke. I so despise Shakespeare. My BA thesis was Chaucer. I had to pick between Shakespeare and Chaucer, so I picked Chaucer. But I will admit Romeo & Juliet has a great soundtrack and Leo is amazing; and Kenneth Branaugh as Henry made me wet in the 80s; and I saw it at the Uptown with a gay friend!

Sonnet 18 Deconstructed

By

Zack Phillips

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare, aka, the Bard, has metaphors in the poem.

The metaphors compare a summer’s day to the love of his life.

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

The Bard asks his love if he can compare her to a summer’s day.

After asking permission, the poet then uses the poem to compare his love to a summer’s day in 13 lines.

“Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,”

His love has a fiery temper, like the sun, which is the eye of heaven; most likely because she is of Italian or Sicilian heritage.

Colors, the seasons, other worlds, life, death and breath are all compared to the qualities and looks of Shakespeare’s love, they are personified.

“Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,”

The writer is saying that the Grim Reaper cannot take his woman in death, because she is immortal, and this part of the poem is taken from the New Testament of the Bible.

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