Sonnet XVIII - 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 dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
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.
In William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" and David Donne's "Death", both poems describe how fatality is avoided. Both authors suggest that we should not fear death, because with death comes lifestyle. The use of imagery, metaphors and personification is used to develop these themes from the sonnets. However, each sonnet addresses how they view immortality in different methods. While "Sonnet 18" focuses on immortality by capturing natural beauty, immortality in "Death" is viewed from a religious point of view.
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