1026: Compare and Contrast

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Compare and Contrast
Frankly, I see no difference between thee and a summer's day. Only Ron Paul offers a TRUE alternative!
Title text: Frankly, I see no difference between thee and a summer's day. Only Ron Paul offers a TRUE alternative!

[edit] Explanation

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.

[edit] Transcript

[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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Discussion

Commenter J. Curwen posted a link to a modern paraphrasing of Sonnet 18. I think it would be appropriate to repost it here. http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/18detail.html lcarsos (talk) 17:58, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

Shakespeare woos Randall with charts? Holy ambiguous dependent, Batman! - Frankie (talk) 12:47, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
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