Who is thee in Sonnet 18?


Who is thee in Sonnet 18?


''Thee'' is an older construction of what is now ''you'' in English. When English orthography still included a character called a thorn which had a ''th'' sound as in ''thee,'' the way it was written looked a lot like ''ye'' to the modern eye; ''ye'' was never actually used.

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The subject of Sonnet 18 is a young man known as the Fair Youth; unfortunately, his identity is not clear in the historical record. He may have been...

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Summary, Theme & Analysis


Chapter 1 / Lesson 1

Explore Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18". Read a summary and analysis of the sonnet. Learn the meaning of "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" and review the themes.

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