SAQ from Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day

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SAQ from Sonnet 18 “Shall I compare thee 18 Shall I compare thee.”

1.What shakes the darling buds of May? / How does the rough winds harm the darling buds of May?

ANSWER– Rough wìnds shake the darling buds of May.

2. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?

ANSWER– The rhyme scheme of the poem is abab, cdcd, efef, gg.

3.What does ‘the eye of heaven’ refer to?

ANSWER– The ‘eye of heaven’ refers to the sun.

4.”And summer’s lease hath all too short a date”-What do you mean by ‘Summer’s lease?

ANSWER– Summer’s lease means the time attributed to summer by nature.







SAQ from Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day

5.What will make the beauty of the poet’s friend eternal?

ANSWER-The poem composed by the poet will make the beauty of his friend eternal.

6.How is the ‘Gold complexion’ of the sun dimmed?

ANSWER-The gold complexion’ of the seen is dimmed when ever it is covered by clouds.

7.What shall death not brag in Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet No 18’? / What shall death not brag?

ANSWER– Death shall not brag of destroying the loveliness of the friend of Shakespeare in Sonnet no-18. / Death shall not brag the beautiful youth and charming existence of the poet’s friend.

8. “So long lives this,”-What is referred to by the word this’?

ANSWER-Here ‘this’ refers to the sonnet attributed to his friend by William Shakespeare.

9.What does ‘eternal lines’ indicate?

ANSWER-The phrase ‘eternal lines’ indicates the lines of poetry written by the poet.

10.What does Nature’s changing course mean?

ANSWER-Nature’s changing course’ means the cyclic variation of seasons.

11.What is the poet’s observation about time/death?

ANSWER-The poet fancies that death cannot take the toll of his friend as he will get eternity by the verses of the poet.

12.What does the clinching couplet of the poem signify?

ANSWER-The clinching couplet of the poem signifies that as long as human race exists, his verse will be there through which, his friend will get immortality.

SAQ from Sonnet 18 Shall I compare…

13.Why is summer not permanent?

ANSWER-Summer has its brevity of span as the violent wind shakes the buds and blossoms.

14.How is summer’s lease taken away ?

ANSWER-Summer’s lease is taken away by chance or by the cyclic change of seasons.

15.Whom does the poet praise in his ‘Sonnet 18 ?

ANSWER-The poet praises his young friend in his Sonnet 18.

16.What makes the golden complexion of summer dim ?

ANSWER-The cloud makes the gold complexion of summer dimmed.

17.Which season is mentioned in ‘Sonnet 18’ ?

ANSWER-The season of summer is mentioned in ‘Sonnet 18.

18.What does the poet compare his friend to in ‘Sonnet 18’ ?

ANSWER-The poet compares his friend to a summer’s day in Sonnet 18.

19.”Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” ?-Who is thee’ here ?

ANSWER-Here ‘thee’ refers to the poet’s young friend WH.

20.What does ‘Sonnet 18 deal with ?

ANSWER-‘Sonnet 18’ deals with the eternal beauty of the poet’s young friend.

21. Where will the poet’s friend grow ?

ANSWER-The poet’s friend will grow in the eternal lines of his sonnet.

22.What will give life to the poet’s friend forever ?

ANSWER-The sonnet will give life to the poet’s friend forever.

23.What does the young friend of the poet possess?

ANSWER-The poet’s young friend possesses eternal beauty.


24.”And every fair from fair sometime declines.”-What does the fair mean here?

ANSWER-Here we find the word ‘fair’ twice. The first ‘fair’ means beautiful’ object and the second fair means beauty as a whole.

25. What will make the summer of the young man ‘eternal’ ?

ANSWER-The summer of the young man will become eternal by the sonnet.

26.Who composed the poem, Sonnet 18, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ ?

ANSWER-William Shakespeare composed the poem Sonnet 18, ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day.

27.Which age did Shakespeare belong to?

ANSWER-Shakespeare belonged to the great Elizabethan Age.

28.”Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade Whom does thou’ refer to here ?

ANSWER-Here ‘thou’ refers to the poet’s young friend.

29.Why does every fair object lose its fairness ?

ANSWER-Every fair object loses its fairness due to chance or nature’s neglect.

30.What is the complexion of summer ?

ANSWER-The complexion of summer is golden.

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