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 owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
Shakespeare compares his love to a summer’s day. He believes his love is more lovely and filled with warmth. The rough winds shake off the tiny buds that spring in May. Summer days are hot and go by quickly. But, some summer days are cloudy. But, everything beautiful in nature eventually fades away. It happens as an accident or by nature’s own way. But, his lover’s beauty will never fade away. His lover will not lose the beauty she possesses, and you will never look as though you are near to death. Because Shakespeare has written these lines for his lover, as long as life exists on this planet, this sonnet will prevail and so will his lover be remembered.