Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Brithday to the Bard!


Today is Shakespeare's 445th Brithday! So, happy birthday to the man who brought to the world the most beautiful words ever written. In his honor, my favorite sonnet:


Sonnet 116


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love ’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.


-William Shakespeare

11 comments:

beth said...

What?! But Sonnet 130 is so much better!!!! :)

SONNET 130
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

lotusgirl said...

I love both of those sonnets! Shakespeare was the master! It's funny that today is his b'day and I cited him in my comment over at glam's a little while ago. He totally rocks! Even still!

KLo said...

Ah, beautiful : )

It's a relief to see the Bard so appreciated. I spend far too much of my time explaining to my ninth graders that, "Give me my long sword! Ho!" was not an example of Elizabethan slang but rather another way of saying, "Hurry, give me my sword!"

Happy birthday, Willy Shakes : )

Cindy said...

That's my favorite, too! I love the sonnets.

Lisa and Laura said...

It's Laura's daughter's b-day today too! I wonder if that means she'll grow up to be a writer...

This makes me want to re-read As You Like It.

Lady Glamis said...

Happy Birthday to him! It's my mother in law's birthday too. :D

Litgirl01 said...

Beth - 116 still my fave! ;-)

Lois - I love him! :-)

KLo - I used to teach 9th grade too! Peace Ho...Yeah! ugh!

Cindy - it's the most beautiful. :-)

Lisa and Laura - happy b-day to Laura's daughter! :-)

Glam - I knew you'd show up for willie's party! LOL

Windsong said...

Ah, to be so old, and look so young. ;-)

Robyn said...

W.S. rocks! I love all the sonnets. Thanks for honoring him. :)

Dominique said...

Sonnet 116 is the best sonnet ever!

Litgirl01 said...

Windsong...I know!!! Right!! LOL

Robyn...he's the man!

Doninique - I agree! Totally!