Among other things, breath and beauty are the impermanent factors in Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day by William Shakespeare.
This sonnet 18 of Shakespeare seems more popular than other sonnets of his, but this article isn’t ready to invest on such luxurious debate. As always, the poem is about love only that Shakespeare pushed his imagination further by placing the beauty of his love in an immortal package. Line 3-7 made a brief list of things under the bondage uncertainty; things like flowers, seasons, the sun_ all which could be tampered by "chance, or nature’s changing course"
Despite the claim by the poet speaker that the beauty of his lover can never fade or die. The natural truth remains that human can never live on earth forever and same applies to the beautiful appearance of human beings irrespective of the poet’s imaginative hyperbole or irony or whatever word best explains Shakespeare’s fantasy.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)