May 6, 2009

Sonnet 109: O Never Say That I Was False of Heart

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May the charming words of this lovely poem inspire you today.



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

O, never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seemed my flame to qualify.
As easy might I from my self depart
As from my soul which in thy breast doth lie.
That is my home of love; if I have ranged,
Like him that travels I return again,
Just to the time, not with the time exchanged,
So that myself bring water for my stain.
Never believe though in my nature reigned
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,
That it could so preposterously be stained
To leave for nothing all thy sum of good;
For nothing this wide universe I call
Save thou, my rose, in it thou art my all.

William Shakespeare

--Did You Know: Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language.

--Word of the Day: imbroglio \im-BROHL-yoh\ , noun:
Meaning: 1. A complicated and embarrassing state of things.
2. A confused or complicated disagreement or misunderstanding.
3. An intricate, complicated plot, as of a drama or work of fiction.
4. A confused mass; a tangle.
Example: The political imbroglio also appears to endanger the latest International Monetary Fund loan package for Russia, which is considered critical to avoid a default this year on the country's $17 billion in foreign debt.
(David Hoffman, "Citing Economy, Yeltsin Fires Premier", Washington Post, May 13, 1999)

--Quote of the Day: "At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."
(Plato)

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