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  1. says:

    Shakespeare s Sonnet XVIII abridged You re hot.But not as hot as this poem.Shakespeare s Sonnet CXVI abridged I ll love you even when you are sixty fourOr my name s not Heather Mills.Shakespeare s Sonnet XCIV abridged Stay cool man Peace.Like, flower power, y know


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    Book Review William Shakespeare wrote hundreds of sonnets over three decades, mostly from the 1580s through 1610 I m assuming most everyone has read a few of his sonnets, given they are usually required reading in high school There is something to love in every single one of them There is something to be confused at in every single of them No one can deny his talent Whether you enjoy rhymes or prefer just the beauty of the words, the lines definitely create images in your mind of what he s writing about Love, pain, anger, frustration, beauty, sadness it s all there I enjoy them because it s a momentary breath of something new and different I m not much into poetry, though I find at times, it s the best reading of all when you see a full character and his her thoughts and actions in as little words as possible Everyone should read a few, find the grouping that work for you, and just get lost in the words for a few hours See if it makes you think differently about things It gets a 3 because as good as they are, they are still short poems that sometimes hit the mark and sometimes do not so while there are a few that warrant a 5, there are as many than warrant a 1 About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by.


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    This is my favourite Shakespeare sonnet Sonnet 29 When, in disgrace with fortune and men s eyes,I all alone beweep my outcast state,And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,And look upon myself and curse my fate,Wishing me like to one rich in hope,Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,Desiring this man s art and that man s scope,With what I most enjoy contented least Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,Haply I think on thee, and then my state, Like to the lark at break of day arisingFrom sullen earth sings hymns at heaven s gate For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings.The poetry is beautiful It is so sad and full of melancholy, as the speaker laments his place in life and the greed of the state He is poor and miserable whilst Kings exist in luxury and splendour Heaven doesn t answer God doesn t care The speaker is depressed as a lack of money is associated with a complete lack in richness of feeling and attitude Emotional bankruptcy is the feeling the sonnet captures with such splendour And I love it But then, to make it better, it reverses in on itself in the final few lines The speaker remembers his love and conquers his jealously He remembers his love for his state which is a pun on the idea of nation He remembers his love for his king and his lord and realises that such wealth will not bring the fulfilment he seeks In these few lines is a powerful journey, a journey of discovery and truth It s an incredible piece of writing And here s a version of it sung by the very talented Rufus Wainwright Sonnet 29So that s my favourite sonnet and there s many beautiful examples in here of how incredible poetry can be Simply put, it doesn t really get any better than this FBR Twitter Facebook Insta Academia


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    Shakespeare has almost become synonymous to drama, we all know the fact However, the lyrical quality that he was born with even his life was lyrical, wasn t it bestowed immense poetry to his plays and perhaps, those plays led to the sonnets we are singing even today Is there any sonnet sequence in the world which is as popular as Shakespeare s is I don t think so Academic people may debate upon the authenticity and ramifications of the sonnets interpretation, but the people who love literature and lover poetic pieces will keep enjoying the writing and extract pure pleasure out of the pure poetry produced by Shakespeare in his sequence Amazing


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    Less notorious than his plays, Shakespeare s sonnets assimilate a secret map with hidden clues that lead to precious treasures The intimate, even confessional tone of the 154 rhymes urges the eager reader to believe that the poetic voice is The Bard himself, who playfully volunteers the key to unlock the mysteries of his heart.And yet Do the sonnets tell a coherent story If they do, is this story real or fictional The fact that Thomas Thorpe, a poet, editor and admirer of Shakespeare, and not the author himself published this collection casts a shadow over the present order of the sonnets and their ostensible story line Are they the product of literary artifice or the purest expression of the poet s sentiments and his personal experiences Allow me to reply with another question Does it really matter The audacious imagery, the staggering metaphors, the musical alliteration, the ironic polysemies, the utter mastery of the language bursting into florid fireworks and the universality and relevancy of paramount themes such as the passage of time, the impending oblivion that comes with death and the convoluted nature of love constitute the invaluable legacy of the poet on their own Everything else is mere speculation, but as per usual, Shakespeare teases with ambiguous piquancy as shown in Sonnet 144, which summarizes the main plot of the anthology in 4 stanzas Two loves I have of comfort and despair, Which like two spirits do suggest me still The better angel is a man right fair, The worser spirit a woman colour d ill A love triangle that consists of a fair man , a dark woman and the poet himself divides the sonnets in two noticeably different sections and presents a subversive approach to the foundations of courtly love employed by medieval troubadours because the Muse that stimulates inspiration seems to possess an adrogynous essence Personal pronouns shift from verse to verse and the poet s self awareness plays an active role in the exulted display of emotions that becomes a faithful mirror for the complex gradation of the affairs of the heart A prolongued meditation on the ethos of beauty and platonic love is interwoven with anguished cogitation about the inexorable passage of time that might wither the beloved s blooming youth but never his lan vital, which is immortalized in the poet s writing So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee Sonnet 18.Whereas the fair knight awakens tenderness, blind adoration and the purest expressions of affection in stanzas that are replete with natural imagery and astute analogies of daily life scenes, the dark lady , addressed only in the last 28 sonnets, disturbs the poet with her unchaste promiscuity and adulterous love The transcendental undertone of the former sonnets fades away leaving space only for satire, sexual lust and aggrieved reproaches The harmonic features of the male lover contrast with the sensuously dark eyes of the woman, which lure the poet into debauchery and temptation against his wishes Lies, deception ad cynical rebuffs are the highpoints of the puns and wordplays in the last sonnets The language becomes merely explicative, if also prodigiously lucid and accusatory, and loses the hiperbolic flamboyance of the opening sonnets The expense of spirit in a waste of shameIs lust in action and till action, lustIs perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,Enjoy d no sooner but despised straight,Past reason hunted, and no sooner hadPast reason hated, as a swallow d baitOn purpose laid to make the taker mad Mad in pursuit and in possession so Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe Before, a joy proposed behind, a dream All this the world well knows yet none knows well To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell Sonnet 129.Ironically enough, both lovers, fair man and dark woman, remain anonymous while the true identity of the poet has created havoc for centuries and his works continue to unleash passions among all kind of readers around the world Shakespeare lives on in his words In their suggestive rhythm, in their polifacetic meanings, in their musical texture Shakespeare s poetry delves deep into the abysses of the human psyche, into the labyrinthine jumble of irrational, desperate love, into the stinky gutters of conscience, jealousy and betrayal, and still, he winks back with a lopsided smile and restores the magic of humanity in a single couplet For nothing hold me, so it please thee hold That nothing me a something sweet to thee Make but my name thy love, and love that still, And then thou lovest me for my name is Will Sonnet 136.Miracles do not seem mambo jumbo after reading Shakespeare s sonnets, and art becomes magic, for divine providence is evinced stanza after stanza and my will submits to Will s powerSubjugation was never sweeter


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    Sonnets, William ShakespeareShakespeare s sonnets is the title of a collection of 154 sonnets by William Shakespeare, which covers themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality The first 126 sonnets are addressed to a young man the last 28 to a woman.Sonnet 1 Sonnet 1 is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare It is a procreation sonnet within the Fair Youth sequence.From fairest creatures we desire increase,That thereby beauty s rose might never die,But as the riper should by time decease,His tender heir might bear his memory But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes,Feed st thy light s flame with self substantial fuel,Making a famine where abundance lies,Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel Thou that art now the world s fresh ornament,And only herald to the gaudy spring,Within thine own bud buriest thy content,And tender churl make st waste in niggarding Pity the world, or else this glutton be, To eat the world s due, by the grave and thee 2009 1380 207 9646235115 17 .


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    Ever intimate in tone, Shakespeare s sonnets reflect upon the relationship between love and power, in addition to considering the many forms attempts to ward off oblivion might take Most of the sonnets are addressed to the so called Fair Youth 1 126 , some to the Dark Lady 127 154 , but all the sonnets share strikingly similar thematic and formal concerns, to the point at which the two sequences read as variations on the same set of topics So many of the sonnets express simple thoughts, but Shakespeare s melodic language and inventive metaphors make them pleasurable to read.


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    For we which now behold these present days,Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise This Pow rful Rhyme Eternal Tennyson is famously to have declared Shakespeare greater in his sonnets than in his plays While the reader who might not soar as easily along the paths described by these Sonnets would find the comparison absurd to a degree, he she would also have to admit that they understand the sentiment behind Tennyson s blasphemy Some of the sonnets are so well crafted and consists of such unexpected imagery that they can leave one breathless at their majesty and imagination Indeed, some of them are eloquent and eternal invocations of love at par with the best love poetry just as his romances and tragedies that outrage conventions are the best in their genres Even when he departed from most conventional expectations of poetry, Shakespeare was still able to leave his imprint on the very sonnet form itself That should tell us how important these sonnets really are to literature The form is now called Shakespearean Sonnets , and to do that centuries past the invention of the sonnets as a form is also an achievement that defies imagination The Chatter of the Critics Now we come to the depressing aspect critical discussion on these, some of the best love poetry in the language, unfortunately centers on historical speculation than on philosophical or aesthetic appreciation Most of the introductions and critical commentary that accompany the sonnets focus on a biographical excavatory project, mining the sonnets for information, leaving behind tired mounts in their wake Scholarship have been tragically been too sidetracked on this issue away from the heart of poetry to its scholarly peripheries where readers might not want to accompany them.I wish some of these elaborate commentaries and footnotes that accompany almost every word of these sonnets were focussed instead on how the poems should be interpreted personally by the reader Imagine if all poems were disassociated from the reader and read purely from a historical perspective of the author s love life or forensically on figuring out who it was addressed to poetry would lose much of its universality The problem is that we know so little biographic detail of Shakespeare and the Sonnets provide a tantalizing prospect to scholars The question when, and to whom was this written is one which the poems repeatedly invite their readers to pose, and which they quite deliberately fail to answer Of course he may not even have wanted his sonnets to be printed there was, after all, an interval of approximately fifteen years between composition and publication, which makes the sonnet s poet an unreliable narrator at best we have no clue what the sonnets were intended for And speculations recreations of the Drama of the Sonnets have shown almost as much inventiveness as we might expect in Shakespeare himself Were they select poems sent to a single lover Are they a collection of poems sent to many lovers, subject changing with each sonnet Were they compositions made to amuse his friends or visitors, to impress them with his mastery Were they lonely exercises of genius, indulged on to pass the time of the depressing Plague years We really do not know And knowing nothing, we still prefer to stumble about and tarnish the beauty of the poetry by wild surmises That is tragic.As I said, the sonnets are tantalizing and they keep teasing the reader to make meaning out of them At times they seem to build up a body of recurrent structures and preoccupations, and even a narrative of sorts, even shaping itself around possibly real events And then it seems not to A story converges from the lyrics, and then it vanishes Instead, the reader should accept that the sonnets are so heavily patterned that almost any form could be seen in it they are like the clouds, you only need to have enough enthusiasm and imagination to mould them to yourselves.Through all this however, and throughout, the voices of the Sonnets appear in all their intricacy and dramatic power, resisting any simple reading Shakespeare begins his sonnets by introducing four of his most important themes immortality, time, procreation, and selfishness and then plays them off against each other Sonnets of abject praise generate undertones of irony and criticism Sonnets of abject depression generate undertones of hope and eternity Sonnets of worldly criticism generate undertones of the exalted nature of poetry Sonnets singing boasts about the power of poetry generate undertones of fear of mortality the variations are endless and exhilarating Exit The Cave There is an introductory essay called The Cave and The Sun in the Dover Wilson edition of the Sonnets, of which I read only the introduction since I wanted to stick to my Arden edition which had better and detailed footnotes with very useful headnotes accompanying each sonnet and sonnet sequence highly recommended I found the metaphor employed and the advice given by Wilson to the raiders to be very relevant to my own reading experience I want to discuss it a bit here, even though Wilson went on to disappoint me by not sticking to his own prescriptions on how the sonnets should be read and critiqued.Sir Walter Raleigh, who wrote the most human short life of William Shakespeare that we possess, began his section on the Sonnets as follows There are many footprints around the cave of this mystery, none of them pointing in the outward direction No one has ever attempted a solution of the problem without leaving a book behind him and the shrine of Shakespeare is thickly hung with these votive offerings, all withered and dusty Wilson adopts this metaphor and elaborates Raleigh s cave of mystery calls another to mind, Plato s cave of illusion, in which the human race sit chained with their backs to the sun without, and are condemned to accept the passing shadows on the wall before them for the truth the real truth being only revealed to the few who are able to break their bonds and turn to face the light of day Absorbed in our own attempts to solve the biographical puzzles that the individual sonnets offer us, we remain blind to the sun that casts these shadows but gives meaning to the whole.Begin by seeing that meaning and recognizing the whole as the greatest love poem in the language, and the mystery of the detail becomes so unimportant as to fade away.That this is the right approach to an understanding, apparently so obvious and so natural, is surely beyond contest At least to me it is The Philosophy Vs The Biography Coming back to the sonnets themselves, one of the continuous experiences that enthrall the reader is to see how the sonnets keeps defying expectations and conventions For example, neither the exhortation to love and settle down , the love for the young man, nor the passion for the dark woman are subjects an ambitious poet would be likely to choose as the most suitable to display the genius of his verse.They instead form testimony to Shakespeare s overriding powers of imagination.Peter Ackroyd, in his biography of Shakespeare, speculates that Shakespeare experimented and stretched the sonnet form to its breaking point perhaps because he was bored of poetry, which came too easy to him.When we consider the repetition of themes and the easy show offiness of how Shakespeare uses the Sonnets to tell the same things again and again, but always with consummate expertise and ease, it is hard to dismiss the idea.This might be reflected in the fact that so many of the Sonnets are overly megalomaniacal about the power of his verse, boasting of the defeat of time and the acquisition granting of immortality.But even as these exalt us, even while we may be in awe at the overwhelming force of Shakespeare s imagination, we would also be melancholy at the theme of relentless failure expressed in the poems, over and over, dealing with self deception and betrayal with the inadequacy of the mind, or the imagination, or poetry, to have any effect, even on the poet s own feelings.This is how Shakespeare continually inverts the themes and explores them from multiple angles When he praises the ennobling qualities of love in one Sonnet, he might make it about love s insecurities and dark aspects later, either in the same sonnet by employing the structural turn or in a linked sonnet later on in the sequence.All this might make the reader feel out of sorts and uneasy It is as if the conversation jumped from topic to topic in a broken backed fashion At times affectionate and intimate, at times abject and distant but nothing clicks tight, no overall theme emerges The poet of the Sonnets veers back and forth from the dream of omnipotence to the dread of mortality and impending loss, continuously in flux.Even the conclusion of this is almost wistful, a testimony to the ultimate powerlessness of the art that has been so hyperbolically praised, but at the same time leaving it hanging in mid air, since we do not really know if these concluding sonnets are really the conclusion, or if they were ordered right, or if Shakespeare intended to contrast the theme of the concluding couple of sonnets by another soaring portrayal of Cupid reasserting himself Again, we can only speculate Reading the Sonnets is a particularly rewarding and time consuming exercise due to these delightful perversities of history and of the poet s pen.Thus the reader would conclude the reading of the Sonnets with a strong sense that the emotions expressed in them refuses to fit into pigeon holes that we critics may have constructed for them.Individually most of the sonnets are creatures of infinite beauty but also bewildering due to their contrasting colors, and when we read the whole sequence as one, we might experience them differently As one of the critics say, from its total plot, however ambiguous, however particular, there emerges something not indeed common or general like the love expressed in many individual sonnets, but yet, in a higher way, universal While this is indeed true, we again lack the tools or the certainty to convert the individual sonnets into a plot we might try to understand a philosophy of love and life from these meditations, but to hunt for a plot among them can only take away from the pleasure and the true experience of it.To me at least, the conclusion was that to relentlessly attribute autobiographical aims to the sonnets is to not give due credit to the imaginative genius of Shakespeare and impute that he was incapable of inventing such realistic emotions with his poetic person than he was able to achieve with his dramatic one Why credit only the dramatic author to be capable of this imaginative creativity and not the poet I think it is only desperation that forces this on us.We should accept that the author character that emerges from the sonnets is not created for our convenience It is not necessarily William Shakespeare, the man it is William Shakespeare, the poet What is your substance, whereof are you made,That millions of strange shadows on you tend Since everyone hath every one, one shade,And you, but one, can every shadow lend


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    Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewestNow is the time that face should form another Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.For where is she so fair whose uneared wombDisdains the tillage of thy husbandry Or who is he so fond will be the tombOf his self love, to stop posterity Thou art thy mother s glass and she in theeCalls back the lovely April of her prime So thou through windows of thine age shalt see,Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time.But if thou live, remembered not to be,Die single and thine image dies with thee.


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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.To Sonnetate or not to Sonnetate, that is the Question Os Sonetos de Shakespeare by William Shakespeare and Vasco Gra a Moura NB VGM Vasco Gra a Moura Os Sonetos de Shakespeare The Shakespeare Sonnets I ve always wanted to read VGM s take, not only because of the sonnets, but also because of VGM s translation What VGM did was not really a translation Why Read on Before I proceed with the review, it s necessary to clarify that the system versification of English is different from the method used in Portuguese In English, the prosodic unit is the foot, which contains a number of syllables in the typical foot, there is only one stressed syllable The most used by Shakespeare verse, the iambic pentameter, consists of five feet, each foot being one iamb an unstressed syllable followed by a marked one In the poetry of the Portuguese language, the verses are divided into syllables, some sharper, and other unstressed Because in the iambic pentameter we have five feet of two syllables each, there is a rooted belief among translators and scholars of the English speaking poems in pentameter verse should be translated into decasyllables, thus allowing a formal equivalence between the two systems However, many translators have chosen the Alexandrine, on the grounds that the English is much concise than the Portuguese and therefore to express all ideas contained in the original that is, so there is semantic equivalence we would need to use longer lines From that point of view, the most important being In a poetic translation should we go for formal correspondence or semantics Must we choose one of the two or can both be achieved 5 stars for the sonnets 3 stars for the translation 4 stars overall Read on, if you feel so inclined.


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