SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER’S DAY
RIASSUNTO IN INGLESE
The speaker opens the poem by addressing a question to the beloved: he asks whether he should compare him to a summer day. The answer is negative: the speaker suggest he can’t, because the beloved is more lovely and more mild. Summer’s days tend toward extremes: they are shaken by “rough winds”; the sun is sometimes far too hot, while at other times it is dimmed by passing clouds. Moreover summer is ephemeral: it ends too quickly, and it leads to autumn, as “every fair from fair sometime declines”. Differently the poet declare he won’t let the beloved’s loveliness to decline: the beloved’s youngness won’t go away, nor will his beauty fade away, and death will never be able to take him, since the poet will eternalize the beloved in his poem, in his “eternal lines”.