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725776.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:26 am Reply with quote

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.

725798.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:13 am Reply with quote

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
You're hot.

725802.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:09 am Reply with quote

You're also oppressive and filled with stinging insects.

725816.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:07 am Reply with quote

I won't go on about someone being all hot and wet then?

725817.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:26 am Reply with quote

I feel compelled to mention something about Dionysos...

But fail.

725883.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:44 am Reply with quote

This sonnet is an interesting example of Shakespeare's superb control of meter, as although it is largely iambic pentameter the first foot of the first line is usually spoken reversed to form a trochaic foot for effect. You can say it in an iambic way, with the stress on 'I' rather than 'shall', but it comes over as thumpingly heavy if you do.

725948.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:30 pm Reply with quote

I thought Dithyrambs were usually in unrhyming Iambic Pentameter - but tragically, can't find anything to bacch us up... must have been a drunken dream...

725956.  Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:54 pm Reply with quote

I'm sure I've sung a few dithyrambs in my time. Just been too drunk to remember...


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