"Sonnet Number 18"

      A sonnet is a poem with a specific form. A sonnet is 14 lines, and 10 syllables per line. There are two different rhyming schemes. One is ABAB,  CDCD, EFEF, GG, which is the English form. The other is ABBA, ABBA, CDECDE, which is the Italian form.

Sonnet Number 18
By: William Shakespeare

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 dimmed,

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,

Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.