“Sonnet XVIII” by William Shakespeare
temperate – moderate
darling – beloved
lease – temporary ownership, permission
Questions and Answers
1. What comparison does the speaker make in this poem?
The speaker is comparing his beloved to the beauty of the season. 2. What poetic device is employed in the seventh line of the sonnet?
The poet uses consonance and alliteration (“fair from fair”).
3. What is “the eye of heaven”?
The eye of heaven refers to the sun.
6. Traditional Elizabethan sonnets are fourteen lines long and end with two rhymed lines. What is the term for these two rhymed lines?
The term is couplet.
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