1026: Compare and Contrast
|Compare and Contrast|
Title text: Frankly, I see no difference between thee and a summer's day. Only Ron Paul offers a TRUE alternative!
A reference to the most well-known sonnet in the English-speaking world: William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18", the first line of which is: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?". In this comic Randall sets about this in a typically goal-oriented chart, as opposed to the rather more romantic poetry of the Bard.
The first line is a reference to the sonnet itself, which reads: "Thou art more lovely and more temperate". The last line is a sexual reference, on the "thee" side, not on the "summer's day" side.
In Shakespeare's day, English had informal pronouns and formal pronouns, thou/thee (informal), and ye/you (formal). This is similar to what is still used today in many European languages. Wikipedia has a nice chart for all of English's personal pronouns, current and archaic.
For both the chart and the original sonnet, whether or not the work is autobiographical is unknown. Also unknown is the identity of the person whom each work refers to. It is believed that Sonnet 18 is addressed to a young man.
And of course, the title text is a reference to Ron Paul, a former Republican candidate for President who was on top in the Republican Primary against a few other challengers for the nomination. Ron Paul was frequently represented on the internet using similar language to the image text. Paul has been seen as an alternative because he is a strict Libertarian and believes the government should be as small as possible and stay out of people's lives.
- [A checklist comparing thee to a summer's day:
- Fair, Temperate: Thee & A Summer's Day
- Hot, Sticky: Thee & A Summer's Day
- Short: Thee
- Harbinger of Hurricane Season: A Summer's Day
- Required for a Good Beach Party: Thee & A Summer's Day
- Major Cause of Heat Stroke in the Elderly: A Summer's Day
- Linked to Higher Rates of Juvenile Delinquency: Thee & A Summer's Day
- Sometimes Too Stifling: Thee & A Summer's Day
- Arrested for Releasing Snakes in Library: Thee
- Difficult to Focus on Work While I'm In: Thee & A Summer's Day]
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