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|Sonnet 18 | |
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|by William Shakespeare | |
|Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? |often as Death Rough shall too lines fair |
|Thou art more lovely and more temperate: |or is his that and eye to life too |
|Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, |can summer's shake sometime breathe, Sometime thee thou buds |
|And summer's lease hath all too short a date: |summer's |
|Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, |Nor do often compare in more eternal see, shade, wander'st I |
|And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; |fade, or date: |
|And every fair from fair sometime declines, |growest; thee. wander'st winds growest; |
|By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd; |see, can nature's eternal lives more |
|But thy eternal summer shall not fade, |buds growest; of lovely of wander'st to day? eye is lives |
|Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; |lovely growest; that too |
|Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, |this and a all summer brag life buds |
|When in eternal lines to time thou growest; |the of dimm'd; nature's By brag do |
|So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, |the chance, more time fade, chance, |
|So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. |of to And gold and So that And lovely declines, eye of his |
| |Rough the fair his possession fade, And But can Sometime When |
| |time too |

Think about how the meaning, tone, mood and feel of the poem has changed (or hasn't changed). What about the imagery? Has it changed even though the words are the same? Also be sure to explain how the poem has changed the meaning, mood, imagery and/or tone of the poem; for example, use short excerpts from each poem to demonstrate the change and how it has changed (or not changed).

The original version has a simple meaning, which is about beloved woman. The tone is placid and joyful. The mood is delighted, because it is about love, the most wonderful thing on the world. The poem creates an image of a temperate and lovely woman, who has beautiful eyes, makes people feel warm. In the changed version, the tone has a huge change--- it becomes random, because the words are arranged randomly. In some lines like "often as Death Rough shall too lines fair", the tone is solemn; in some lines like "can summer's shake sometime breathe", the tone is a little windy. The mood of the new version is not stable, just like the tone of it. I do not really have a image in my mind when I read it. These are all caused by the randomly arranged words.

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