Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sonnets 18-23


hello all my Shakespeare people! another day of sonnets today, and a new play tomorrow. tomorrow i start The Taming of the Shrew, and i am so excited about it! i loved that play when i read it... oh... 10 years or so ago i guess. super excited!

Sonnets 18-23
18- the famous sonnet that begins with: 'shall i compare thee to a summer's day?' the narrator of this poem feels that the subject is better than a summer's day because she is never-ending and 'more temperate'. (see quote below.)

19- in this sonnet, the narrator begs Time to do anything to any creature, but to please not take away his love's youth and beauty. no matter what Time does, however, the narrator's love will live forever in verse.

20- um... i'm not sure...? notes below.

21- ummmm... now i'm really confused. help!

22- in this poem, the narrator measures his youth not by his mirror, but by the face of his love. at the end i think he's saying that he's going to take his love's heart with him when he dies?

23- in sonnet 23, the narrator explains that he might not be the best at expressing his love, but his love is just as strong as if he could find just the right words. there's a great line in here about actors who don't know their lines.

ok. help! sonnet 21? i'm lost. can anyone help?

as for sonnet 20 i have to bring up that it makes me feel like Shakespeare was gay. like for real. i was already kind of thinking that after sonnets 1-17, but this one makes me feel that even more so. check it out. what do you think?
quote of the day:
'but thy eternal summer shall not fade
nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
when in eternal lines to time thou grow'st.
   so long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
   so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.'

8 plays, 4 poems, and 23 sonnets down. 30 plays, 1 poem, and 131 sonnets to go!

for tomorrow: intro info for Taming of the Shrew!

-rebecca may

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