Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Not extreme in behavior or language

Source:  Oxford Dictionary

Found in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 – Line 2: “Thou art more lovely and more temperate

The definition of the word Temperate helped me understand what Shakespeare was trying to say within the first two lines. He says: “Shall I compare thee to a summers day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” With this being said my interpretation is that he is comparing who he loves to a summer day while stating that his lover is beautiful and shows consistency.



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