What is the meaning of Nor shall death brag thou wand rest in his shade?
How Do I Love Thee repetition?
The speaker in “Sonnet 18” is a close friend of the sonnet’s subject. This sonnet falls under the category of the Fair Youth sonnets.
The speaker makes use of a particularly complicated metaphor in lines 2-4, when she describes her love in terms of “depth,” “breadth,” and “height”: I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace.
wand’rest (verb): old English – verb ‘to wander’: to walk without direction; to roam.
Is nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade a metaphor?
“And every fair from fair sometime declines,/ By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:/ But thy eternal summer shall not fade,/ Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,/ Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,” That first line just means that beauty doesn’t last forever.