Mar 18 2005

Shall I compare thee to a summers day?

Published by at 4:21 pm under Shakespeare Love Poems

Shall I compare thee to a summers day?

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day ?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.  

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68 responses so far

68 Responses to “Shall I compare thee to a summers day?”

  1. Gueston 29 Dec 2005 at 3:17 pm


  2. Gueston 27 May 2006 at 12:55 am

    This is an amazing poem. It\’s so romantic. He\’s comparing a woman to an endless summer. Even when she dies, she will still be alive because the poem gives her life. People are still reading this poem, although the person Shakespeare wrote this about is dead, so her memory is kept alive. I absolutely adore this poem.

  3. Gueston 29 May 2006 at 11:15 am

    Man this shit is hottttt ims funna use it in my nxt battle

  4. Gueston 01 Jun 2006 at 12:40 am


  5. Gueston 02 Aug 2006 at 2:43 am

    it makes me cry..huhuhu[B]cry[/B]

  6. Gueston 24 Oct 2006 at 11:45 am

    i really thought this wasa a sgreat poem it reminds me o my lover jc

  7. Gueston 21 Nov 2006 at 2:15 pm

    It is such an amazing poem. The women he is writing about must be pretty because it sounds like Shakespeare is in love with her. I just adore this poem. It is my favorite.

  8. claudiaon 03 Dec 2006 at 7:50 pm

    it\’s makes me tear up it\’s such a great poem shakespeare wrote it with love and ture thought no one could ever copy a masterpiece like this so i say that with ture thought

  9. elizabeth and luluon 15 Apr 2007 at 9:36 pm

    :eek :upset :cry πŸ˜• :zzz :zzz 8) :p :sigh 😑 πŸ™ :roll πŸ™‚ :grin :zzz :zzz :zzz
    nice poem, though it didn\’t make sense!! rock on old man!!

  10. Laneyon 28 May 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Actually he was talking about a male friend of his. It\’s beautiful and speaks so true of our opinion of those we love so hopelessly. One of his bests, I believe, and that is saying something. Its amazing how he says at the end that, through writing this poem, he will make the object of his affection imortal in words, though they will eventually perish in the real world.

  11. kelsieon 01 Aug 2007 at 9:42 pm

    i dont get it 😑

  12. anonon 14 Oct 2007 at 10:52 am

    actually we do not know who he was talking about. It could have been a male or female friend. We do not know, all that we do know is he wrote it from the heart.

  13. Hannahon 24 Oct 2007 at 11:11 pm

    i dont really have any words.
    its just simply beautiful.
    some of his best tbh

  14. Leonon 09 Dec 2007 at 6:56 am

    Can someone help me my girlfrend broke up with me and i still love her and i thought that if i send her shakespeare poetry she would forgive me? every1 says this is so romantic but i dont understand this poem? :cry :upset

  15. meganon 17 Jan 2008 at 9:01 am

    it means he loves a woman and he compares her to summer ( saying how hot she is) and he is trying to win her over with romantic words. ( the guy in the poem) I am pretty sure that is what it means. And im only 13. but i love poetry all the same! Everyone look up the poem Sarah. Then type in my name is sarah i am but 3.
    Its so sad! it made me cry!

  16. Azizon 24 Jan 2008 at 2:36 pm

    plss i wanna know why William Shakespeare wrote this poetry and what was the reason?
    plzzz i need answer

  17. leahon 10 Feb 2008 at 2:49 pm

    To the person who\’s wondering what this poem means, Shakespeare is first comparing his lover to a summers day, and saying that he or she is even more beautiful than that (first two lines.) In lines three through 8, he says that natures beauty fades and changes and that it doesnt always last. In lines 9 and 10, he says that her beauty isn\’t like the beauty of nature because it will never fade. In lines 11 ans 12, he says that even death shall not take away her beauty because it is eternal and she will be beautiful forever. lines 13 and 14 he tells her that for as long as man lives everyone will see her unparalleled beauty. but hun, if you want to get your girlfriend back, dont say something you dont understand or mean. find something that you really connect with and that you know describes what you feel. be sincere. write a poem yourself, or if you still want something famous, try e. e. cummings. he has some interesting work. πŸ˜‰

  18. Bullon 01 Mar 2008 at 5:49 pm

    WOW I\’m a 16 years old student and I feel great emotions from this speech O and I understand it by the way

  19. Gueston 20 Mar 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Shakespeare is a genius. This poem has a double meaning as it could have been written for a man or about a man. The perons is known as the Fair Lord…

  20. torion 27 Mar 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Im 14 and i understand it… i would send it to my ALMOST boyfriend, if it wasnt for my \\\”friend\\\” i would be going out with him not her… OH WELL idk if i should send it to him… πŸ˜•

  21. chrison 29 Apr 2008 at 4:37 am


  22. Mykalon 05 Jun 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Im 11 and i understand this this is truly the best poem of all times. IM sending this to me girl immediatly. This poem is so fll of joy it makes me want t cry.. :cry :cry

  23. AKon 03 Sep 2008 at 8:33 pm

    this is one of my favorite poems from Robert frost. He is also one of my favorite poets. πŸ™‚

  24. Irma Aguilaron 11 Sep 2008 at 7:56 pm


  25. hanif on 07 Oct 2008 at 6:25 pm

    what are literature trem like figurative language simile , metaphor , personfication and alliteration are in this poem shall i compare thee to a summer day :cry 😑 :sigh πŸ˜•

  26. Dayleon 17 Oct 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I am [B]only 10[/B] and I completly understand this poem. A relitive is getting married, and i\’m sort of in charge of it and, I came up with a great idea, the groom will say a poem to the bride! So I searched the web for love poems, and I found this and I thought it was wonderful! πŸ™‚

  27. janinaon 08 Nov 2008 at 7:28 am

    i don\’t really get it. πŸ˜•

  28. JASON on 19 Nov 2008 at 10:06 am


  29. jason talaveraon 20 Nov 2008 at 10:34 am

    this so awsome πŸ™‚ :grin πŸ˜‰ 8) :p :roll :eek :upset :zzz :sigh πŸ˜• :cry πŸ™ 😑

  30. JASON TALAVERAon 22 Nov 2008 at 9:11 am

    ITS SO BOOTYFUL :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :cry :p :p :p :p :p :p

  31. MJon 26 Nov 2008 at 6:17 am

    I have loved this poem for years, when I first read it when I was 10 it made me feel happy tho I didn’t understand it completely and now that I’m older (15) I cant help but feel the bliss as I truly realise how much love William Shakespeare must have felt for this person and I personally don’t see why it matters if the person he kept so close to his heart was a man or woman. It is unbelievably sweet how Shakespeare openly states that no matter what comes aging or death he will always keep this person in his heart forever. Now that is true loves words. Also I am personally touched by these words as they make me realise how lucky I am to have a special boy in my life.

  32. danon 09 Dec 2008 at 4:37 am

    i will send it to my gal

  33. danon 09 Dec 2008 at 4:41 am

    [U]null[/U] i love my girl and it is perfect for her
    i nearly cried listening to it

  34. Jenniferon 02 Jan 2009 at 2:05 pm

    i love this poem i think it a way to exspress yourself in true love my boy friend read it to me i was so happy :grin :grin :grin :grin πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :zzz :zzz :zzz 8)

  35. Julieton 12 Feb 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I love that it\’s about him!

  36. P.R. Esleyon 17 Feb 2009 at 10:22 am

    Honestly, one cannot read this to whom they love.

    This poem is completely personal. Practally a letter from one to another. That said, it is most likely the most powerful love poem every created, but not capable of being used by one person to another.

    It\’s so powerful, it was meant for one person. And she still lives.

  37. janaliaon 21 May 2009 at 2:55 pm

    i love this poem. :cry :cry :cry :cry :roll :roll :roll :roll πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ :grin :grin :grin

  38. vanessaon 12 Jun 2009 at 2:20 pm

    :cry :grin πŸ™‚ I LOVE IT

  39. Aarianna on 01 Jul 2009 at 12:19 am

    wow beautiful! :grin :upset :cry :p :grin :eek :grin :p πŸ˜‰ 8)

  40. Unknownon 14 Aug 2009 at 3:25 am

    This is my fav poem ever written by Shakespeare. He seems like the most interesting person; I wish I could\’ve met him. He is my fav poet ever and I love a lot of poets. I fervently hope that everyone whom reads his screenplays, sonnets, and poems enjoys them all! πŸ™‚ :cry

  41. adelinaon 16 Sep 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Shakeshpere hath written about man or women. I oft do percieve it as man. There are quote\’s in there upon which are written, him, and men. Tis be it so he may be talking about that of a Love that is unbreakable until the passing of his life. He is in a passion flowing like a river of Love for this person. He compares thee to a summer\’s day because…Summer is when everything has bloomed. When everytrhing start\’s living the plants, the trees, the sun starts shinning, the wind starts blowing upon the meadow beds, when the stars are shown the best at night, when everything comes out and feels alive, when you life\’s beauty at it\’s fullest.

  42. shannonon 13 Oct 2009 at 2:24 pm

    i love this poem so much it makes me think of how me and this one guy used to date and he would quote Shakespeare to me cause he knew i loved poetry. i want to be a writer when i grow up and i want to write poetry also. i suggest to all the guys that they quote Shakespeare to their girlfriends cause it will make them glow and love you even more.

  43. anonon 09 Nov 2009 at 12:04 pm

    πŸ™‚ this poem is soo romantic, i\’d love it if a guy quoted bits to me πŸ˜‰

  44. kristian mccouryon 03 Feb 2010 at 10:22 am

    im doing a resurch paper on poets and im going with this one beacause it was a really good one and i wish i met this person.

  45. iloveenglishon 12 Feb 2010 at 5:26 pm

    all of you are saying you understand this poem, but do you really? i learned about it and studied it, and just to let everybody know, he is not talking about a man or a woman, he is talking about poetry. He is saying how beautiful poetry is in general. \”When in eternal lines to time thou grow\’st;\” when he states this line, he is saying that he is talking about poetry. And that it\’s beauty will NEVER die.

  46. ton 15 Feb 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Sonnet 18, often alternately titled Shall I compare thee to a summer\’s day?, is one of the best-known of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Part of the Fair Youth sequence (which comprises sonnets 1-126 in the accepted numbering stemming from the first edition in 1609), it is the first of the cycle after the opening sequence now described as the Procreation sonnets. Most scholars now agree that the original subject of the poem, the beloved to whom the poet is writing, is a male, though the poem is commonly used to describe a woman.

    In the sonnet, the poet compares his beloved to the summer season, and argues that his beloved is better. The poet also states that his beloved will live on forever through the words of the poem. Scholars have found parallels within the poem to Ovid\’s Tristia and Amores, both of which have love themes. Sonnet 18 is written in the typical Shakespearean sonnet form, having 14 lines of iambic pentameter ending in a rhymed couplet. Detailed exegeses have revealed several double meanings within the poem, giving it a greater depth of interpretation.

  47. poemssson 16 Feb 2010 at 10:32 pm

    tho` he wrote this to his own sex (male) i think it was pretty good. love william

  48. marnetteon 25 Feb 2010 at 8:51 am

    i really like it. i can really relate. πŸ™‚

  49. vanessaon 09 Mar 2010 at 6:09 am

    ey…dis poem is jst 2 romantic it says evrythang a person wats 2 knw!!! dis poem is mostly about wat he fils 4 da gal/boy hez.the apprence (beauty)maks hinm fall inlove all over again..THIS POEM is one of a kind!!!!!

  50. ashleeon 09 Mar 2010 at 11:44 am

    i really dont understand this

  51. millieon 16 Mar 2010 at 4:47 am

    i ador shackspear he is the best i hav ever heared i would love for him to be a live still.And i am onley 12

  52. Caitlinon 15 Jun 2010 at 5:09 am

    Aww.. Beautiful! i Love Shakespeare! :cry πŸ™‚ [B]null[/B]

  53. unknownon 24 Jun 2010 at 1:23 pm

    this poem is truely beautiful! i would have cried if my boyfriend read it to me! but it be happy crying! this poem means that he is comparing his true love to a summer\’s day but she is more beautiful than that and that she is worth more than a summer\’s day. that\’s wat it means but wat do i know. i\’m only 14 years!! πŸ™‚ if u love someone, cherish her or him always!

  54. cory on 09 Jul 2010 at 4:51 pm

    i read this to my girlfriend for our 1 week anniversary :p im 16

  55. pixieon 21 Sep 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I like this poem.

    P.S (totally off subject) Do you, like, normally put your ages in your comments? Or was it just something you mentioned along the way? <- Any help?

    P.P.S Did any of you read Romeo & Juliet?

  56. william Shakespearon 17 Nov 2010 at 2:18 am

    i really love this poem exept i dont know what it means( i have read Romeo and Juliet i loved it) πŸ˜€ i gave this poem to the guy i like and he loved it so i memerized it and i completely know it…… its amazing!!!!!!!!!!! i just dont get what it means :love: i also would have LOVED it if the guy i like told it to me when he preposed to me( my dream πŸ˜‰ ) ITS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. william Shakespearon 27 Nov 2010 at 3:29 am

    i am SOOO stupid

  58. @|zon 16 Jan 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I adore this poem πŸ™‚ It makes alot of sense to me πŸ˜€ Shakespear is actually being quite modest in lines (13-14) what his saying is that as long as people live so long lives my poem and this will give life too the person he’s talking about could be male/female. Anyway LOOOOOOOOVE IT :love: :love: :kiss: :kiss:

  59. @|zon 16 Jan 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I adore this poem πŸ™‚ It makes alot of sense to me πŸ˜€ Shakespear is actually being quite modest in lines (13-14) what his saying is that as long as people live so long lives my poem and this will give life too the person he’s talking about could be male/female. Anyway LOOOOOOOOVE IT :love: :love: :kiss: :kiss:

  60. luison 06 May 2011 at 4:16 pm

    if u really look close at the poem its really romantic. shakespeare is a legend no other like him. πŸ˜€ R.I.P

  61. billyon 06 May 2011 at 4:19 pm

    i think shakespeare is a legend!!!!!!!!! R.I.P. xD

  62. Mr. Logicalon 20 Sep 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am a romantic; but I just don’t get this poem. Sure it’s a great intent –

    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day ?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:”

    If it weren’t for Shakespeare’s popularity, would another writer get this kind of accolades? I think not. Yet, maybe I read it wrong.. as it must take much practice to read correctly…, and I do not have the depth to wrangle in the words and stanza structure. Make it simpler and heavier, and I am in.

    A glance into your eyes, excites more pores than one hot humid day..
    It be just you, for this I can say.


  63. Lynneton 07 Oct 2011 at 9:13 pm

    This is one of my favourite poems ever written by Shakespeare. Its just great,i love it. Now this can only come from someone who trully loves you. I wish evrybody could view love in this way. Shakespeare is comparing his lover with nature,how beautiful. I love the creativity he put up,this is simply the best!

  64. Naenayon 07 Oct 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This poem is just so beautiful and just so romantic.. I f my boy friend told me something like this i would be soo sprung lol but yeah this is just a master piece and you can tell when he wrote this that it was about someone that he cared about be cause it is deeply from the heart:) :love: ;-( ^_^

  65. Ashley Nicoleon 29 Nov 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Confusing but it’s GREAT. =]

  66. lakishaon 22 Apr 2012 at 7:38 am

    i just love this poem :love: it feels like amazing chirping birds and heavenly angels singing from heaven above :angel: :angel: :angel: i always feel happy when i sing this poem πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ it always gives me tears ;-( ;-( ;-( and it reminds me that my friends are always here πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ˜†

  67. gueston 03 May 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Its not a love poem, he’s writing about his own poetry in a way that makes him seem intentionally full of himself. The general message is actually quite a poor one and honestly does not make for a good valentines card. then again no one really reads that much into it

  68. Raeon 20 Mar 2016 at 5:10 am

    Shakespeare had many lovers both before and after this person so obviously he didn’t truly love them that much. He just simply used those people for his own pleasure and when he was done with them they didn’t matter any more. They were just simply inspiration to him. Typical guy.

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