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The Bard’s Birthday

English: Title page of Shakespeare's Sonnets (...

Title page of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1609) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the day that is typically celebrated as Shakespeare’s birthday. He would be 450 today.  To commemorate the day, and although Sonnet 21 isn’t one of his most popular, it has always been one of my favorites.

In it, Shakespeare vows his love is true and the words he writes about his love will be as well, and truth will take the place of the forced comparisons other poets use.

 

 

Sonnet 21

So is it not with me as with that Muse,
Stirred by a painted beauty to his verse,
Who heaven itself for ornament doth use
And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,
Making a couplement of proud compare
With sun and moon, with earth and sea’s rich gems,
With April’s first-born flowers, and all things rare,
That heaven’s air in this huge rondure hems.
O! let me, true in love, but truly write,
And then believe me, my love is as fair
As any mother’s child, though not so bright
As those gold candles fixed in heaven’s air:
   Let them say more that like of hearsay well;
   I will not praise that purpose not to sell.

 

 

 

‘Til next time,

 

 

Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasted, Devoured or Chewed and Digested Thoroughly?

Beautiful_Books“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
― Sir Francis Bacon

Are there books you devour?  A genre you can’t resist tasting?  An author whose work you digest thoroughly?  Until, I get into a book, I can’t tell which one it will be.

Right now, I really want to devour Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but I keep having to put it down to be a responsible adult…I don’t like being a responsible adult.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Kubla Khan Read by Benedict Cumberbatch

I recently posted that Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan is my favorite poem.  Then I found this clip of Benedict Cumberbatch reading it.  Although the cadence and pace are not the same as the way I typically read it, which is really similar to the way my college professors did, the change in pace shifted my focus to words and phrases in another way, emphasizing different imagery and motion, especially in the middle.  Its interesting, I like it.  Have you ever been to a poetry reading?  I think it might be fun.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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Ode to A Nightengale

Keats read by Benedict Cumberbatch…poetry month. (Yep, that’s the only reason I found this…poetry month.)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Just Let Me Add You To My Contacts

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

Which authors would you like to call up whenever you wanted?

Which book of theirs inspired you?