we "Love intoxicate" justify the assertion with a close reference toWilliam Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" ~ Naija Poets
QUESTION:- "Love intoxicate" justify the assertion with a close reference to William Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?" (NECO June/July 2016)

ANSWER:- Love is a universal language of all youth and adult. As falling out of love leads to a nervous breakdown, so does falling in love elates the body; making the expression that "love intoxicates" a very common expression.

Same strong feeling of love made the most famous of the Elizabethan poet (William Shakespeare) craft a certain love sonnet that continues to linger in the heart of every literary lovers.

"Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day" is a love poem by William Shakespeare that shows the deep intoxication of love through the poet's expression. Such intoxication led to the comparison of feminine beauty to a season "summer's day", placing
the beauty of the poet's lover in a state of being insusceptible to something of having strong resistance. Few of the things human being cannot resist are death, aging, etc. Shakespeare made readers to realise in Sonnet 18 that his lover was immune to aging and death. From line 3-8, he wrote how summer, sun, flower, etc. come and later die or disappear; starting from line 9, he told the readers that his own lover will neither grow old, lose beauty nor die.
“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,”(line 9-11)

Shakespeare took his imagination to the brim by emphasizing his love and lover's immortality; it is certain that everything comes and goes or wears and tears. In the light of exaggeration, Shakespeare opposed the idea. He was truly intoxicated.


Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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