March 7, 2009

Sonnet 18

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--Description: Shakespeare W., 17th C, Adoration,Love, Sonnet


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 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 owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st 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.


William Shakespeare

--Did You Know:  He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.

--Word of the Day:  imprimis (im-PRY-mis, -PREE-), adverb
Meaning: In the first place.
Example: "So you see, imprimis the Queen of Scots cannot commit treason against me because she is not my subject."
(Patricia Finney; Unicorn's Blood; Picador; 1998.)

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