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 dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Sonnet 18: Translation to modern English

Shall I compare you to a summer’s day? You are more lovely and more moderate: Harsh winds disturb the delicate buds of May, and summer doesn’t last long enough. Sometimes the sun is too hot, and its golden face is often dimmed by clouds. All beautiful things eventually become less beautiful, either by the experiences of life or by the passing of time. But your eternal beauty won’t fade, nor lose any of its quality. And you will never die, as you will live on in my enduring poetry. As long as there are people still alive to read poems this sonnet will live, and you will live in it.

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  1. Nancy J
    Nancy J says:

    Well, the translation is ok, I suppose, but Shakespeare didn’t write in Middle English. His is “modern” English. While it’s removed from today’s English in time and idioms, perhaps, it isn’t incomprehensible.

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    Elon Musk holding an elon muskett in front of an elon mosque says:

    This is a very good translating thanks I’m doing my SpainISH homewerk meme review 👏👏

  3. George Clooney
    George Clooney says:

    Shakespeare’s poem is fraught with intensity and is dearly intriguing. It leaves one wonderstruck with the great use of literature he includes in his poetry, and has given literature its basic fundamentals and foundation. His poetry is as beautiful as *Athena*, and continues to give back to the magnificent world of language and literature.

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