In line four of Sonnet 18, Shakespeare states,
“And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”.
This line is a strong metaphor for comparing the season of summer as a renter. In this statement it canbe determined that Shakespeare sees summer as fleeting and only her for a while. By comparingsummer to a lease he is showing that it has no permeability. A person who rents a home has no
intention of occupying it for the rest of their life. In line 10 when stating, “Nor Lose possession of thatfair thou ow’st”. This can as well be seen as something that cannot be owned. Instead of the weather
that is being leased, it is her beauty. In a since, it seems as though Shakespeare is claiming that her
beauty is something that she borrowed. She was “leased” this beauty for a period of time but it was
never hers to keep.The concept of time in the poem is shown as fleeting. By expressing the quick fade of summer,we are given the idea that time is fleeting. There are many metaphors, puns, and similes that arethroughout Sonnet 18 that make this woman seem unworldly. Finally, in line 11 though we see that likeus she is too human. Although Shakespeare has made it clear throughout the sonnet that life is fleeting
he finally uses the term death. “Nor Shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade”.
Shakespearethrough the sonnet shows that she is human and that death is in a matter of time. At the same time andwith the same point he rebuttals himself by declaring that his love will prevent her from ever perishing.In the end Shakespeare in a sense
does keep her from death’s shadow by immortalizing hi
s love for herin the lines of his Sonnet. Every time the poem is read she is given life again.
3. Find a soliloquy in
that seems like a sonnet or a poem to you and describe it. (Be sure to givethe Act and Scene of the sonnet in MLA format.)
In act II of
the mood is very dark. The scene is set with Banquo and his son Felancewalking the halls of the Castle. When they run into Macbeth, Banquo expresses that he is having troublesleeping. Every time
he does dream he has “cursed thoughts”(2.1.8.).
When Banquo suggests toMacbeth that the witches have
revealed “some truth” to him
, Macbeth states that he has not thought of them since their encounter in the woods (2.1.19
20). Then as Banquo and Felance leave Macbeth alonein the dark hallway, Macbeth imagines a floating dagger in front of him. Lines 611-643 in Act II scene 1,which are spoken by Macbeth, can be seen a sonnet or poem. While speaking this lines Macbeth relatestopics by comparison. Beginning when Macbeth sees the dagger floating before him, its handle ispointing toward his hand and its tip aiming him toward Duncan. Every time Macbeth attempts to reachout and grab the dagger it disappears. Macbeth begins to wonders whether the dagger he is seeing is