Favorite Poem #2: “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare

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My personal library, which includes several editions of the sonnets, reflects my complete  fascination with Shakespeare’s work. And even though most scholars agree that Sonnet 18 (as well as the first 126 sonnets) was written to a young male, this sonnet lives on as one of the most romantic verses of all time. The final couplet alone is poetry at its best!

SONNET 18

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And oft' is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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4 responses »

  1. Great Job, Kim……

    Sometime, as you know, Shakespeare can be a little hard to understand for most people, including me on some occasions…LOL, but this sonnet is truely readable and very, very romantic. Comparing his love to a summers day. That is ART. Shakespeare, was so talented and he covered every spectrum of poetry and drama and his plays are second to none. I am impressed. Shakespeare was a very good choice for day two. Sonnet 18, will always be considered one of the most romantic sonnets of Shakespeare’s, if I had any say in it. With each selection for your blog, we get to see a little more and more of what you have in your heart. And it is just as beautiful as you are… :o)

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