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Robert Jackson

This is the poem for the week of July 7.
A new interlinear poem is available each Monday.


Shakespeare's Sonnet "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,
(darling is a diminutive of dear)
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
too short a date=too soon an expiration
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
sometime=sometimes
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
every fair=every beautiful thing
from fair=from being beautiful
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
nature's course untrimmed=the natural (untrimm'd) progress of the seasons
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
fair thou owest=beauty that you own
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
shade=Death's province
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
eternal lines=the lines of the poem
growest=are grafted
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
this=this poem
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.