Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day?

The summer light within is the love to share with your Valentine ❤️

I have studied Shakespeare enough to know that he was a man of many faces. Whether it was a history, comedy, or tragedy, his comprehension of love and how intertwined the languages of love can be, has never quite been mastered in the same way again.

The original Greek philosophers beautifully defined love by segregating it into love of family, love of friends, empathy, tenderness, love of marriage, passion, and love of self. The works of Shakespeare show us every aspect of love.

When I first heard and studied Sonnet 18, I was told that the opening line was an insult. However, I find it to be one of the most beautiful lines in all of poetry.

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:

Shakespeare’s sonnet is comparing the love interest to a summer’s day – but not in looks as I was initially told. The insult my English teacher suggested was that the love interest was no longer a young thing and was waning into her/his more adult years. However, I do not believe my English teacher actually understood the sonnet, as in the second stanza Shakespeare notes how in the contrast to summer the love interest is indeed quite similar.

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:

The poem refers to the light and summer within. Although outer beauty might fade, the poem suggests that it is the light within you that will always remain truly beautiful.

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:

As you celebrate this Valentine’s Day weekend, I offer and suggest to you and your partner to see the light within, and celebrate that. This is the love that endures and involves both empathy for self and other.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

More to be revealed in my new book, coming soon….

Let’s Talk!

Amidst the rain and thunder of life, can you see the light? What is self-love? How do you wish to be loved? How do you love another?

Let me know: daniel.clifford@yourbridgehome.com

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