20 Perfect First Lines of Famous Poems-MainPhoto


17. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare
One of 154 sonnets written by playwright and poet Shakespeare, it is perhaps the best known. In it, Shakespeare compares his love to the beauty of a summer’s day and finds his love much more beautiful. Interestingly, Shakespeare never provided enough information to tell us if his lover was male or female.