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Valentina Ferracioli

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Assignment 1 (Shakespeare)
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Shall I compare thee to a smmer!s "a#$
%ho art more lo&el# an" more temperate:
'ogh (in"s "o shake the "arling )"s o* +a#,
An" smmer!s lease hath all too short a "ate:
Sometime too hot the e#e o* hea&en shines,
An" o*ten is his gol" comple-ion "imm!".
An" e&er# *air *rom *air sometime "eclines,
/# chance or natre!s changing corse ntrimm!".
/t th# eternal smmer shall not *a"e
0or lose possession o* that *air tho o(est.
0or shall 1eath )rag tho (an"er!st in his sha"e,
When in eternal lines to time tho gro(est:
So long as men can )reathe or e#es can see,
So long li&es this an" this gi&es li*e to thee2
1) 'ea" the Sonnet an" i"enti*# the t(o main themes2
%he t(o main themes are 3lo&e4 an" 3natre42
2) In"icates (here the t(o themes are presente"2
%he lo&e theme is presente" in the secon" line: 3%ho art more lo&el#
522264. (hile the natre theme is presente" in the thir" line : 3'ogh (in"s
"o shake the "arling )"s o* +a#4
3) In"icate the parts o* the Sonnet (hich contain the t(o main premises
an" the conclsion o* the s#llogism2
%he 7rst premise is in the 7rst line : 3Shall I compare the to a smmer!s
"a#$4. (hile the secon" one is in the *orth line : 3An" smmer!s lease
hath all too short a "ate: 32 %he s#llogism en"s in the t(el*th line 3When
in eternal lines to time tho gro(est:4
4) 'ea" the Sonnet an" concentrate on the imager#2 I"enti*# the
(or"s8e-pressions re*erring to these semantic 7el"s: natre an"
mortalit#, )eat# (ph#sical, moral), art an" immortalit#, legal
terminolog#8(or"s re*erring to contracts2
5) %he 7nal line repeats the (or" 3this42 What "oes 3this4 re*er to$
%he (or" 3this4 in the 7nal line re*ers to the sonnet!s lines, it!s the onl#
(a# )# (hich the )eat# o* the )elo&e" person col" last *ore&er2
9) +ark the repetitions2 Which are their main *nctions$
%he repetition are:
3*air *rom *air4 (:
3So long 5;6
So long 5;64 (1<
an" 14
352226 li&es this an" this 5;64 (14
Which are their main *nctions$
a2 =i&ing "ramatic emphasis to the poet!s argment2
)2 >mphasi?ing the &ariations on the poem!s themes2
c2 +ere rethorical re"n"ances2
:) 'ea" the Sonnet again2 %r# to i"enti*# a phrase or e-pression (hich is
particlarl# elegant or s)tle2 Write a sentence to e-plain ho( these
(or"s make impression on #o2
3An" e&er# *air *rom *air sometime "eclines,
/# chance or natre!s changing corse ntrimme"4
%his phrase impresse" me *or the incre"i)le msicalit# an" harmon#
e&oke", that can easl# e-press the i"ea o* )eat#. an" it impresse" me
also *or the incre"i)le a)ilit# to resme the i"ea o* the smmer, that
comes to an en" *or the arri&ing o* atomn, in one simple an" e-tremel#
elegant phrases2