The poet enjoys the unpredictable weather till the clouds swallows the sun and as he states, ‘By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d’, nature always seems to take its course during sunset and sunrise (Shakespeare 8).
The poet uses metaphor and personification to bring life to his poem.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 is a captivating love story of a young man fascinated by the beauty of his mistress and affectionately comparing her to nature.
The first stanza, ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
The poem is characterized by an affectionate mood portrayed by the poet throughout the poem.
The tone adopted by the poet in the poem is that of a romantic intimacy of a young man intrigued by a woman’s beauty.
Though the weather seems ideal, it is breezy with rough winds ‘shaking the buds of May’ (Shakespeare 3).
This is an indication that the poet is sitting under a tree enjoying the scenery on a hot afternoon.
Although he admits that ‘Every fair from fair sometime decline’, he makes his mistress’s beauty an exception by claiming that her youthful nature will never fade (Shakespeare 7).
Interestingly, the author takes a different twist in the ending when he no longer compares the beauty to the summer, but rather to the immortality of his poems (Shakespeare 14).