Nature To Love Ones In Shakespeares “my Mistress Eyes Are Nothing LiNature To Love Ones In Shakespeare’s “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun”and “Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?”In the poems “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” and “My Mistress’Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”, William Shakespeare compares his loved ones tonature. He uses natural elements in order to show that nature is superior tohuman beings. However, the poet comes to the conclusion that despite the factthat nature is more perfect than human beings, he loves his lovers more thannature for the unique qualities that human beings have over nature.Already from the titles of the poems, one can notice that nature issuperior to humankind. In the poem “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”the reader can assume that the writer thinks that the sun is more beautiful andis better than his mistress’ eyes.
The sun is a symbol of happiness and the joyof life. When the writer sees the sun’s rays it gives him joy. By saying thathis mistress’ eyes do not look like the sun it means that when he looks at hereyes she does not reflect happiness or joy. Her eyes do not shine like the sun.The nature appears more powerful than humankind.In the title of the poem “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”,Shakespeare is debating whether or not his love one is worth being compare to asummer day. Unlike the first poem, the poet does not know what the answer isfrom the title or whether it is fair to compare nature to her.
However, as thereader read through the poem he gets an answer from the poet. Just the thoughtwhether his loved one is worth being compared to nature gives away the poet’sassumption that nature is superior to humankind.Throughout all the poem “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”,Shakespeare shows how nature is better than his loved one by comparing natureand his mistress. He shows all the great things of nature and all the faults ofhumans.
For instance, he shows how colorful and lovely the colors of the rosesare but his lover does not seem to have this colors on her cheeks. “I have seenrosesdamask’d, red and white,/ but no such roses see I in her cheeks.” (537; 5-6)To show the perfection of nature, Shakespeare compares the color of snowto the color of his mistress breasts. He wonders why the color of her breastsare grayish- brown if the color of the snow is white, “If snow be white, whythen her breasts are dun;” ( l. 3).
Nature can make snow to be white, which is a perfect color where humancolors are not so perfect, and therefore nature again is appeared to be moresuperior than human beings. Shakespeare also compares his mistress’ lipsto coral. He thinks that her lips are not as red as a coral is. “Coral is farmore red than her lips’ red” ( l.
2). Coral color is a very bright red. Hesuggests that his mistress’ lips do not have the bright red color that coral has.
Once again Shakespeare shows humankind faults, and nature’s perfection.Shakespeare uses the summer season as a natural element in order tocompare his lover to it in the poem “shall I Compare Thee To a Summer Day?”. Heis not sure whether or not his lover is like summer’s day. According toShakespeare, life pass fast like summer.
Before you know it summer and life areover. As the summer gets to its end, you can feel the cold air and the changefrom summer to fall. The same is with life. As life gets to the end the personis physically changes, and he can feel the end. However, Shakespeare believesthat his loved one beauty is for eternity. She will remain beautiful forever.” And every fair from fair sometimes declines,by chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed;But the eternal summer shall not fade,nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;” ( p.
507 l. 7-10)In the beginning nature is superior than humans because unlike humanbeing summer keeps coming back. Once his loved one died she won’t come back.However nature seems inferior at the end since his loved one beauty is foreternity.In “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”, Shakespeare makes use ofhow powerful nature is compared to that of human beings.
An example for that iswhen he shows how the sun has control over the skin color of humankind.”Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,/ And often in his gold complexiondimmed;” ( l. 5-6) When it is too hot the sun has the ability to make the skincolor of man darker. Not only nature is superior to human, it is also has thepower over it.
This lines emphasize how the role of the nature is much greaterthan the Humankind’s role.In “My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing like the Sun”, after showingthroughout all the poem the inferiority of human being to nature, Shakespearechanged his attitude by saying that despite his mistress faults and despite thefact that nature is superior to her, he loves her more than nature. ” And yet,by heaven, I think my love as rare/ As any she belied with false compare”.(l.
13-14) Shakespeare loves his mistress so much, and he realizes that the wayhe compared her to nature does not represent the way he feels about her, and itdoes not represent her. After all she is not as inferior to nature as he thoughtin the beginning.In “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”, at the end of the poemShakespeare came to the conclusion that his loved one can not be compared tonature.His love to her is for eternity, and despite the fact that nature hasmore control and power he will not give up his love.
The comparison of summer tohis loved one is fault, since the love for summer can fade at some point but hisloved to her will never fade. As long as there is life in this world, she willlive as well. ” So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,/ So long lives this,and this gives life to thee.
” (l. 13-14).In both poems Shakespeare love to his lovers is much greater andsuperior than nature. In the beginning, it seems as if nature is superior tohuman but at the end of every poem both the poet and the reader come to theconclusion that nature after all is inferior to human beings. The appearance andpower of nature may be superior to humans but humankind has their own uniquequalities within that makes