Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

 

This is the presentation of the sonnet by Sebas, Belu Gay and Mili Brasco.

Answer these questions:

  1. Who is “thee”?
  2. Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
  3. Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
  4. What’s up with all of the personification?
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17 Responses to Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

  1. Agus Buljvich says:

    1. the world “thee” is the person to which the voice of the poem is talking to. We don’t know who is it. it can be a girl or a boy. The world thee means you.
    2. i really don’t know because today Shakespare is a very famous writer but we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Perhaps, the poem will keep living so long as humans keep breathing or perhaps not. what i do know is that Shakespare’s writing had lasted up to now, this shows how good he was.
    3. I think he did it in order to anticipate the reader to what is coming next. MAybe he did this because he wanted the reader to focus in the something else apart from what he is foreshadowing that is death.
    4. i think he did it because in that way the readers can picture in a better way the message he is trying to transmit.

  2. Joaquin Diaz Walker says:

    Who is “thee”?
    When Shakespeare writes ‘Thee”, he is talking about someone in special. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” It means “Shall I compare YOU…”

    Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    Yes. Here, he makes a comparison between the utility of the poem. The poem’s utility without human life, and the human life existing without the poem. In both ways, this is a correct thinking, because, the poem would be useless without anyone reading it, but, if the the poem wasn’t there either, the teachings won’t help anyone.

    Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
    Yes. In “When in eternal lines” the word “Eternal” talks about the future. That has no end. Like his love, and as the summer. He compares his love to the summer, but, the difference is that when it finishes, summer passes on to autumn but love, never passes, it is eternal.

    What’s up with all of the personification?
    The personification, provides the reader a clearer image of the characters of the poem, and about their feelings towards each other. The poet makes us understand in a better way, love, and how love is essential to live.

  3. Belen Gay says:

    Who is “thee”?
    “Thee” is a woman.
    Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    The voice thinks that the poem will keep living as much as humans keep breathing.
    What’s up with all of the personification?
    Personification is used to create a real atmosphere for the reader. The reader will understand more what the writer wants to explain.

  4. Agustin Campion says:

    1. “thee” is the person to which shakespeare is talking to in this poem. W can`t define if it is a girl or a boy.
    2. Yes i think the writer is right. shakespeare is now a day considered one of the most important writers of history and had written many novels and poems that had inspired many famous writers of our times. that’s why i think there will always be people interested on shakespeare and his poems will live as long as humans keep breathing.
    3. yes it foreshadows the end of the sonnet, which is trying to tell us that everything ends at acertain point. Becuase i think sheakespeare liked to surprise the writer and ask to ourselves now this questions that could have many posibble answers.
    4. Personification is used in this sonnet by shakespeare to make the writer imagine the beauty of the person he is talking compared to a summer day and all the joy and peace that that inplicates.

  5. FranciscoRipoll says:

    1 Who is “thee”?
    Thee is the person for who the poem was written by Shakespeare.
    2 Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    No this poem is no necessarily keep living so long as human keep breathing, the speaker is wrong because nobody can destroy this poem but if the human race becomes extinct tomorrow, it will keep living with other animals all over the world. And maybe millions years later, another race can arrive to the earth and can read the poem in some source.
    3 Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
    He did a bit of foreshadowing to avoid us from surprising us in the couplet. Because the purpose of the poem is to show the transitions that happen towards the end of the summer not how summer comes to an end.
    4 What’s up with all of the personification?
    It help us to create imagery on a poem. He contrast summer with thee, making reference to the point that summer has an end but his love toward thee has not an end.

  6. Nicolás Araya says:

    1. ‘Thee’ is the adressee of the sonnet, and in this case is reffering to a woman.

    2. In my point of view, shakespeare’s writings, including this sonnet, will be present in our culture as long as we keep breathing. They are the pillars of today’s literature, and as well as ‘Don Quijote’ for instance, we will continue analysing them until the end of our days.

    3. Lines 8 and 12 anticipate our only certainty during life: Death. We may guess many events while we live, but none of them is as certain as the fact that we will die at some point. Death shall not take us by surprise, we have to be ready because we now that it can happen, just like Shakespeare prepares us with anticipation in lines 8 & 12 and not directly in the couplet.

    4. The constant use of personification has the objective of creating a landscape in the reader’s mind. By comparing his loved one with the summer and nature, we can picture an image of how beautiful she is.

  7. Piky Loza says:

    1) Three is a woman that Shakespeare loves and he wants to express his feelings for her.

    2) In my opinion this poem will exist forever but maybe it will not be read by no one, I cannot say what is going to happend in the future but I think that the poem will be present in every person that is interest in Shakespeare texts.

    3) I think that Shakespeare wrote these lines in order to advice or prepare the reader for what comes next in the poem, algo he wrote them because they can make us think what happens after the summer.

    4) I think that he thought that sometimes people feel identified with summer and that personifying it in the poem would be more accepted by the readers and also that they would love it.

  8. Antonia says:

    1)’Thee’ is a person that Shakespare in loves. It demostrates his sensibility.

    2)Yes, I believe that the poem will keep living as long as humans breathe because the message will be always the same. What is more, usually everybody feel identificated and want to read his poems.

    3)It seems to be a bit foreshadowing because is trying to show what will happen at the end of the summer
    An prepare thereader for this. He is trying to make emphasis and create importance.

    4)He uses personification of the summer to demostrate his love that is eternal and will leave for ever like summer does. And to show the beauty o the person he loves that is like the summer

  9. Belen Irazusta says:

    Who is “thee”?
    “thee” is the person the author is writing and dedicating this poem. I imagine that it is a wonderful woman because she should be very special for Shakespeare to write a poem for her.
    Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    In my opinión what Shakespeare believed was very beautiful and also very real. To start with, he is one of the most famous and popular writer of all times, so yes, his sonnets,dramas,etc will be forever remembered by people and also admired. But I also think that Shakespeare himself is alive in his art, and in this case also the woman he is talking about. Her beauty and person itself become eternal in this poem.
    Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
    I think that the writer wanted to empathize the idea of the poem, the fact that she will be immortal thanks to the poem. That is why he repeats the idea three different times. Because for him, this is so true and powerful that wants the reader also to understand the meaning of it.
    What’s up with all of the personification?
    I think that all the personifications the author creates are because he wants the reader to have some vivid visual images of the immense beauty of this person. That´s why most of the personifications are of nature and summer.

  10. Milagros Brascó says:

    Who is “thee”?
    Thee is a pearson Shakespeare has a great affect and admiration. It is questioned weather it is directed to a woman or a man. His first 126 sonnets are apparently dedicated to a young man who Shakespeare loved. Although the nature of the relationship is unknown, I like to play with the idea that Shakespeare had an attraction to him, which doesn’t mean he was homosexual, but a consequence of his high sensibility.

    Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    Yes. I think art in general is a means of eternity: the artist lives forever in his work. As long as humans can be able to understand the language or the message the poem will live. On past times literature could stop existing because the work could be physically damaged or destroyed. However, nowadays with the massive access to information that can’t happen anymore. The only way the poem can die is if the language or the message can be no longer understood.

    Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
    These lines prepare the reader with what is coming just as nature does. Nature has a wise process, anything comes by surprise if one is connected with that process.

    What’s up with all of the personification?
    The personification is what gives the beauty and the character to this poem. By giving human characteristics to a summer day the reader can feel identified and therefore the message can penetrate deeper.

  11. Federico Tear says:

    1) Thee is the woman that he is talking to and describing what he feels about her.

    2) The poem will always exist but the only problem is: will humans still be interested in Sheakespeare’s poems?

    3) it was the way that William used to write the couplet. both lines describe that the love that he feels will never die and live forever.

    4) He uses summer and nature to personificate his love. summer actually is, in some sense, immortal, since it returns in full force every year. therefore his love will be also immortal and forever. main reason why he uses personification.

    • Pat says:

      Fede: your question is interesting. I believe shakespeare will always be real and true beause he tackles every day topics and themes.

  12. sofi teran says:

    1. I think that “thee´´ is a very special woman in Shakespeare`s life.
    2. I do not think that the poem necessarily keeps living so long as humans keep breathing. Since Shakespeare died and it is still known today, as we are analyzing it today, almost 200 hundred years after it was written. Furthermore, i believe that they idea that the poem conveys is present in human beings or at least in some. Because the perception of a woman`s beauty can be expressed in different words but still it is always about her beauty. However, is true that this perception of beauty is from a human so if humans die, who will show or describe such beauty without being able to see it? Because if humans die, so do women.
    3. I think that the writer does this to prepare the reader for what is coming, and because we think that, the purpose of the poem is to show the transitions that happen towards the end of the summer. To show that it is not something that just happens, that is something that has a beautiful path
    4. The personification is used to try to create an image of the beauty summer as similar as possible to the beauty of the women. He wants to create a fare comparison so he tries to give “life ´´ to the summer in one way so as to it to be as near as possible to the perfection of this woman that is describe

  13. Sebastian Borda says:

    1. Who is “thee”?
    Thee is the person who Shakespeare is writing to, we don’t know if thee is a male or a female, we only know thee is someone he loves and cares about.
    2. Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    Yes, because the idea Shakespeare writes about will always be the correct one, because he conveys the power of love towards someone, how strong it is and that love will never be weak because if not it wouldn’t be called the strongest power in the world.
    3. Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
    Its foreshadowing because they say that death, nature or by any chance will the message/idea he is writing about will be lost over time.
    I think he foreshadows the idea because he wants to create emphasis towards it, to show it’s important.
    4. What’s up with all of the personification?
    He compares summer with his loved one to show the good things about it, but he also mentions that unlike “thee” summer is not perfect like He/She is, because summer has imperfections like the fact that at some point it ends, but the beauty from “thee” will not.

  14. Joaquin Olaizola says:

    1) “thee” is a woman, a woman he loves.
    2) yes I think he is right because the poem may still exist but if there is no one to read it, it is the same as if it dind`t exist. A poem exists in order to be redden by someone. If there is no one to read it, the poem is not accomplishing its objective. So, it is the same as if it didn`t exist. The poem depends on humans to exist.
    3) Because the purpose of this poem is to show not how summer comes to an end, but how by coming to an end , the poet will still love his beloved one through eternity and until humans stop breathing.
    4) Personification is used to help to create an imagery in a poem. It is used in order to allow the reader understand easier and idea. An object receives human features so that the human who is reading can understand the idea easier. For the reader is easier to understand it because the object receive characteristics that the reader itself may have.

  15. Majo Tear says:

    *Who is “thee”?
    A:”thee” is his loved one

    *Does this poem necessarily keep living so long as humans keep breathing? Is the speaker right?
    A:This poem will keep living so long as humans read it, not keep breathing, because as the presentation of my classmate shows, this sonnet and Shakespeare sonnets were payed little to no attention up to 200 years later Shakespeare died. So the speaker is right that the poem will keep living so long as humans keep breathing, but also as necessary, reading it.

    *Lines 8 and 12 seem to do a bit of foreshadowing. Why? Why not just surprise us with the turn and the couplet?
    A:Because the purpose of this poem is to show not how summer comes to an end, but how by coming to an end (that is explained from line 8 to 12), the poet will still love his beloved one through eternity and until humans stop breathing.

    *What’s up with all of the personification?
    The author tries really hard throughout the whole sonnet, to contrast summer to his beloved, saying that unlike summer, his love for his beloved will prevail until humans stop breathing. However, this contrast doesn’t really work as summer, as summer seems much more immortal than the beloved of the poet as it comes back every year.

  16. Justo Fernandez Vidal says:

    1. For me, “thee” is a woman, to whom the voice is talking in the poem.
    2. this question is a very ambiguous one. The poem is very likely to exist (live) after the human race is extinc (has stopped breathing), but if there is no-one there to see if the poem still exists or if it has disappeared, how can we know if it keeps living? For me, the speaker is right, because, althought the poem may still physically exist. if there is no-one to read it, it doesn’ exists, not anymore.
    3. These lines may be foreshadowing to avoid us from surprising us in the couplet, by preparing us, by giving us the idea of what is coming. The author may not want to just surprise us in the couplet, as it is expected in other sonnets, because this sonnet was written within the renassiance period, when poets started to write using different methods, and being more free (not taking into account tradicional writing methods).
    4. Personification is uesd to help to create an imagery in a poem. It is used tl connect the reader with the object that is being described, giving human features to it so that it is more understandable.

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