What Is the Tone of “Sonnet 18”?

The tone of William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” is an endearing, deep devotion for a lover. The speaker in the poem emphasizes his adoration of his lover’s lasting beauty that will never fade like beauty found in nature. The lover will live on in the speaker’s poem.

“Sonnet 18” is the best-known poem out of all Shakespeare’s sonnets. It is often alternatively known as “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Scholars routinely debate over the lover mentioned in the poem, particularly regarding the subject’s sex. The poem is written in traditional Shakespearean style. Shakespeare wrote a total of 154 sonnets.