In the spirit of St. Valentine...

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Shakespeare Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Thou are 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 often 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 ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

 

I picked this because it is my ALL TIME FAVORITE love poem/sonnet.  I think that it is so beautiful that Shakespeare is comparing his love to the beauty of a summers day, and then telling her that her beauty surpasses it.  What is even more romantic is when he states that even with age, her beauty will not fade.  It's infinite.  The poem ends with a rhyming couplet expressing that as long as he can breathe and see, she is all that he needs.

Haha, compare that with this Shakespearean sonnet and tell me what you think! What are you first impressions when you read it?  What do you think it means? Is this typical or atypical of Shakespeare?  Use them vocal cords people! :)

<3 Try reciting this to your loved one!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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