Friday, June 25, 2010

Sonnet #18

I had to memorize this as a 5th grader and I still know it to this day. Since summer officially began this week, I thought it was appropriate- it's one of my favorites.

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.
-Shakespeare

3 comments:

m.a.f said...

does it get any better than shakespeare? ever?!

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

How sweet! I miss having to memorize poems for school! Perfect for a lovely summer day like today : )

xx Katie

Andhari said...

This reminds me of high school assignment. I usually love it when we have to look for a poem and memorize it :)