Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Shakespeare's Sonnets Author William Shakespeare – INTRODUCTION BY GERMAINE GREERShakespeare's sonnets are lyrical haunting beautiful and often breath taking representing one of the finest bodies of poetry ever penned They demonstrate the writer's ski INTRODUCTION BY GERMAINE GREERShakespeare's Sonnets are lyrical haunting beautiful and often breath taking representing one of the finest bodies of poetry ever penned They demonstrate the writer's skill in capturing the full range of human emotions within a carefully prescribed form and creating something uniue in every one Some are familiar Shall I compare thee to a summer's day others unexpected but together they form an extraordinary meditation on the nature of love lust beauty and time. Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII abridgedYou're hotBut not as hot as this poemShakespeare's Sonnet CXVI abridgedI'll love you even when you are sixty fourOr my name's not Heather MillsShakespeare's Sonnet XCIV abridgedStay cool man PeaceLike flower power y'know? Shakespeare has almost become synonymous to drama we all know the fact However the lyrical uality that he was born with even his life was lyrical wasn't it? bestowed immense poetry to his plays and perhaps those plays led to the sonnets we are singing even today Is there any sonnet seuence in the world which is as popular as Shakespeare's is? I don't think so Academic people may debate upon the authenticity and ramifications of the sonnets' interpretation but the people who love literature and lover poetic pieces will keep enjoying the writing and extract pure pleasure out of the pure poetry produced by Shakespeare in his seuence Amazing This is my favourite Shakespeare sonnet Sonnet 29 When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyesI all alone beweep my outcast stateAnd trouble deaf heaven with my bootless criesAnd look upon myself and curse my fateWishing me like to one rich in hopeFeatured like him like him with friends possessedDesiring this man’s art and that man’s scopeWith what I most enjoy contented least;Yet in these thoughts myself almost despisingHaply I think on thee and then my stateLike to the lark at break of day arisingFrom sullen earth sings hymns at heaven’s gate; For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kingsThe poetry is beautiful It is so sad and full of melancholy as the speaker laments his place in life and the greed of the state He is poor and miserable whilst Kings exist in luxury and splendour Heaven doesn’t answer God doesn’t care The speaker is depressed as a lack of money is associated with a complete lack in richness of feeling and attitude Emotional bankruptcy is the feeling the sonnet captures with such splendour And I love it But then to make it better it reverses in on itself in the final few lines The speaker remembers his love and conuers his jealously He remembers his love for his “state” which is a pun on the idea of nation He remembers his love for his king and his lord and realises that such wealth will not bring the fulfilment he seeks In these few lines is a powerful journey a journey of discovery and truth It’s an incredible piece of writing And here's a version of it sung by the very talented Rufus Wainwright Sonnet 29So that’s my favourite sonnet and there’s many beautiful examples in here of how incredible poetry can be Simply put it doesn’t really get any better than this FBR | Twitter | Facebook | Insta | Academia Book Review William Shakespeare wrote hundreds of sonnets over three decades mostly from the 1580s through 1610 I'm assuming most everyone has read a few of his sonnets given they are usually reuired reading in high school There is something to love in every single one of them There is something to be confused at in every single of them No one can deny his talent Whether you enjoy rhymes or prefer just the beauty of the words the lines definitely create images in your mind of what he's writing about Love pain anger frustration beauty sadness it's all there I enjoy them because it's a momentary breath of something new and different I'm not much into poetry though I find at times it's the best reading of all when you see a full character and hisher thoughts and actions in as little words as possible Everyone should read a few find the grouping that work for you and just get lost in the words for a few hours See if it makes you think differently about things It gets a 3 because as good as they are they are still short poems that sometimes hit the mark and sometimes do not so while there are a few that warrant a 5 there are as many than warrant a 1 About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Sonnets Shakespeare's Sonnets William ShakespeareShakespeare's sonnets is the title of a collection of 154 sonnets by William Shakespeare which covers themes such as the passage of time love beauty and mortality The first 126 sonnets are addressed to a young man; the last 28 to a womanSonnet 1 Sonnet 1 is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare It is a procreation sonnet within the Fair Youth seuenceFrom fairest creatures we desire increaseThat thereby beauty's rose might never dieBut as the riper should by time deceaseHis tender heir might bear his memoryBut thou contracted to thine own bright eyesFeed'st thy light's flame with self substantial fuelMaking a famine where abundance liesThy self thy foe to thy sweet self too cruelThou that art now the world's fresh ornamentAnd only herald to the gaudy springWithin thine own bud buriest thy contentAnd tender churl make st waste in niggarding Pity the world or else this glutton be To eat the world's due by the grave and theeتاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه آگوست سال 2009 میلادیعنوان غزلهای شکسپیر؛ ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم بهنام مقدم م رها؛ شرح اشعار محمد همایون وش؛ تهران، نقش و نگار، 1380، در 207ص؛ شابک 9646235115؛ موضوع شعر کلاسیک انگلیسی ترجمه به شعر فارسی سده 17متویی ارباب عشق و بنده ام من؛ به لطفت بنده ای پاینده ام منفرستم شاهد شعرم به سویت؛ نه باهوشم، برایت زنده ام منولی با شعر ناچیزم چه گویم؛ که در توصیف تو درمانده ام منولی شاید تو دریابی سخن را؛ به امید تو و آینده ام من؛؛ ا شربیانی Less notorious than his plays Shakespeare’s sonnets assimilate a secret map with hidden clues that lead to precious treasures The intimate even confessional tone of the 154 rhymes urges the eager reader to believe that the poetic voice is The Bard himself who playfully volunteers the key to unlock the mysteries of his heartAnd yet Do the sonnets tell a coherent story? If they do is this story real or fictional? The fact that Thomas Thorpe a poet editor and admirer of Shakespeare and not the author himself published this collection casts a shadow over the present order of the sonnets and their ostensible story line Are they the product of literary artifice or the purest expression of the poet’s sentiments and his personal experiences?Allow me to reply with another uestion Does it really matter?The audacious imagery the staggering metaphors the musical alliteration the ironic polysemies the utter mastery of the language bursting into florid fireworks and the universality and relevancy of paramount themes such as the passage of time the impending oblivion that comes with death and the convoluted nature of love constitute the invaluable legacy of the poet on their own Everything else is mere speculation but as per usual Shakespeare teases with ambiguous piuancy as shown in Sonnet 144 which summarizes the main “plot” of the anthology in 4 stanzas “Two loves I have of comfort and despair Which like two spirits do suggest me still; The better angel is a man right fair The worser spirit a woman colour'd ill”A love triangle that consists of a “fair man” a “dark woman” and the poet himself divides the sonnets in two noticeably different sections and presents a subversive approach to the foundations of courtly love employed by medieval troubadours because the “Muse” that stimulates inspiration seems to possess an adrogynous essence Personal pronouns shift from verse to verse and the poet’s self awareness plays an active role in the exulted display of emotions that becomes a faithful mirror for the complex gradation of the affairs of the heart A prolongued meditation on the ethos of beauty and platonic love is interwoven with anguished cogitation about the inexorable passage of time that might wither the beloved’s blooming youth but never his élan vital which is immortalized in the poet’s writing “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see So long lives this and this gives life to thee” Sonnet 18Whereas the “fair knight” awakens tenderness blind adoration and the purest expressions of affection in stanzas that are replete with natural imagery and astute analogies of daily life scenes the “dark lady” addressed only in the last 28 sonnets disturbs the poet with her unchaste promiscuity and adulterous love The transcendental undertone of the former sonnets fades away leaving space only for satire sexual lust and aggrieved reproaches The harmonic features of the male lover contrast with the sensuously dark eyes of the woman which lure the poet into debauchery and temptation against his wishes Lies deception ad cynical rebuffs are the highpoints of the puns and wordplays in the last sonnets The language becomes merely explicative if also prodigiously lucid and accusatory and loses the hiperbolic flamboyance of the opening sonnets “The expense of spirit in a waste of shameIs lust in action; and till action lustIs perjured murderous bloody full of blameSavage extreme rude cruel not to trustEnjoy'd no sooner but despised straightPast reason hunted and no sooner hadPast reason hated as a swallow'd baitOn purpose laid to make the taker mad;Mad in pursuit and in possession so;Had having and in uest to have extreme;A bliss in proof and proved a very woe;Before a joy proposed; behind a dream All this the world well knows; yet none knows well To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell” Sonnet 129Ironically enough both lovers fair man and dark woman remain anonymous while the true identity of the poet has created havoc for centuries and his works continue to unleash passions among all kind of readers around the world Shakespeare lives on in his words In their suggestive rhythm in their polifacetic meanings in their musical texture Shakespeare’s poetry delves deep into the abysses of the human psyche into the labyrinthine jumble of irrational desperate love into the stinky gutters of conscience jealousy and betrayal and still he winks back with a lopsided smile and restores the magic of humanity in a single couplet “For nothing hold me so it please thee hold That nothing me a something sweet to thee Make but my name thy love and love that still And then thou lovest me for my name is 'Will' ” Sonnet 136Miracles do not seem mambo jumbo after reading Shakespeare’s sonnets and art becomes magic for divine providence is evinced stanza after stanza and my will submits to Will’s powerSubjugation was never sweeter There is no fundamental issue to call this book a great one Shakespeare is really different from other poets The style and composition of words in a beautiful pattern makes him look beyond the ordinary league His sonnets secretly deliver manifold messages From joy to the seriousness Ever intimate in tone Shakespeare's sonnets reflect upon the relationship between love and power in addition to considering the many forms attempts to ward off oblivion might take Most of the sonnets are addressed to the so called Fair Youth 1 126 some to the Dark Lady 127 154 but all the sonnets share strikingly similar thematic and formal concerns to the point at which the two seuences read as variations on the same set of topics So many of the sonnets express simple thoughts but Shakespeare's melodic language and inventive metaphors make them pleasurable to read For we which now behold these present daysHave eyes to wonder but lack tongues to praise This Pow’rful Rhyme Eternal Tennyson is famously to have declared Shakespeare 'greater in his sonnets than in his plays' While the reader who might not soar as easily along the paths described by these Sonnets would find the comparison absurd to a degree heshe would also have to admit that they understand the sentiment behind Tennyson’s blasphemy Some of the sonnets are so well crafted and consists of such unexpected imagery that they can leave one breathless at their majesty and imagination Indeed some of them are elouent and eternal invocations of love at par with the best love poetry just as his romances and tragedies that outrage conventions are the best in their genresEven when he departed from most conventional expectations of poetry Shakespeare was still able to leave his imprint on the very sonnet form itself That should tell us how important these sonnets really are to literature The form is now called ‘Shakespearean Sonnets’ and to do that centuries past the invention of the sonnets as a form is also an achievement that defies imagination The Chatter of the Critics Now we come to the depressing aspect critical discussion on these some of the best love poetry in the language unfortunately centers on historical speculation than on philosophical or aesthetic appreciation Most of the introductions and critical commentary that accompany the sonnets focus on a biographical excavatory project mining the sonnets for information leaving behind tired mounts in their wake Scholarship have been tragically been too sidetracked on this issue away from the heart of poetry to its scholarly peripheries where readers might not want to accompany themI wish some of these elaborate commentaries and footnotes that accompany almost every word of these sonnets were focussed instead on how the poems should be interpreted personally by the reader Imagine if all poems were disassociated from the reader and read purely from a historical perspective of the author’s love life or forensically on figuring out who it was addressed to poetry would lose much of its universalityThe problem is that we know so little biographic detail of Shakespeare and the Sonnets provide a tantalizing prospect to scholars The uestion ‘when and to whom was this written?’ is one which the poems repeatedly invite their readers to pose and which they uite deliberately fail to answer Of course he may not even have wanted his sonnets to be printed; there was after all an interval of approximately fifteen years between composition and publication which makes the sonnet’s poet an unreliable narrator at best we have no clue what the sonnets were intended for And speculationsrecreations of the ‘Drama of the Sonnets’ have shown almost as much inventiveness as we might expect in Shakespeare himselfWere they select poems sent to a single lover? Are they a collection of poems sent to many lovers subject changing with each sonnet? Were they compositions made to amuse his friends or visitors to impress them with his mastery? Were they lonely exercises of genius indulged on to pass the time of the depressing Plague years? We really do not know And knowing nothing we still prefer to stumble about and tarnish the beauty of the poetry by wild surmisesThat is tragicAs I said the sonnets are tantalizing and they keep teasing the reader to make meaning out of them At times they seem to build up a body of recurrent structures and preoccupations and even a narrative of sorts even shaping itself around possibly real events And then it seems not to A story converges from the lyrics and then it vanishes Instead the reader should accept that the sonnets are so heavily patterned that almost any form could be seen in it they are like the clouds you only need to have enough enthusiasm and imagination to mould them to yourselvesThrough all this however and throughout the ‘voices’ of the Sonnets appear in all their intricacy and dramatic power resisting any simple reading Shakespeare begins his sonnets by introducing four of his most important themes immortality time procreation and selfishness and then plays them off against each otherSonnets of abject praise generate undertones of irony and criticism; Sonnets of abject depression generate undertones of hope and eternity; Sonnets of worldly criticism generate undertones of the exalted nature of poetry; Sonnets singing boasts about the power of poetry generate undertones of fear of mortality the variations are endless and exhilarating Exit The Cave There is an introductory essay called ‘The Cave and The Sun’ in the Dover Wilson edition of the Sonnets of which I read only the introduction since I wanted to stick to my Arden edition which had better and detailed footnotes with very useful headnotes accompanying each sonnet and sonnet seuence highly recommended I found the metaphor employed and the advice given by Wilson to the raiders to be very relevant to my own reading experience I want to discuss it a bit here even though Wilson went on to disappoint me by not sticking to his own prescriptions on how the sonnets should be read and critiuedSir Walter Raleigh who wrote the most human short life of William Shakespeare that we possess began his section on the Sonnets as follows 'There are many footprints around the cave of this mystery none of them pointing in the outward direction No one has ever attempted a solution of the problem without leaving a book behind him; and the shrine of Shakespeare is thickly hung with these votive offerings all withered and dusty'Wilson adopts this metaphor and elaborates Raleigh’s cave of mystery calls another to mind Plato's cave of illusion in which the human race sit chained with their backs to the sun without and are condemned to accept the passing shadows on the wall before them for the truth—the real truth being only revealed to the few who are able to break their bonds and turn to face the light of day Absorbed in our own attempts to solve the biographical puzzles that the individual sonnets offer us we remain blind to the sun that casts these shadows but gives meaning to the wholeBegin by seeing that meaning and recognizing the whole as the greatest love poem in the language and the mystery of the detail becomes so unimportant as to fade awayThat this is the right approach to an understanding apparently so obvious and so natural is surely beyond contest? At least to me it is The Philosophy Vs The Biography Coming back to the sonnets themselves one of the continuous experiences that enthrall the reader is to see how the sonnets keeps defying expectations and conventions For example neither the exhortation to love and ‘settle down’ the love for the young man nor the passion for the 'dark woman' are subjects an ambitious poet would be likely to choose as the most suitable to display the genius of his verseThey instead form testimony to Shakespeare’s overriding powers of imaginationPeter Ackroyd in his biography of Shakespeare speculates that Shakespeare experimented and stretched the sonnet form to its breaking point perhaps because he was bored of poetry which came too easy to himWhen we consider the repetition of themes and the easy show offiness of how Shakespeare uses the Sonnets to tell the same things again and again but always with consummate expertise and ease it is hard to dismiss the ideaThis might be reflected in the fact that so many of the Sonnets are overly megalomaniacal about the power of his verse boasting of the defeat of time and the acuisitiongranting of immortalityBut even as these exalt us even while we may be in awe at the overwhelming force of Shakespeare’s imagination we would also be melancholy at the theme of relentless failure expressed in the poems over and over dealing with self deception and betrayal; with the inadeuacy of the mind or the imagination or poetry to have any effect even on the poet’s own feelingsThis is how Shakespeare continually inverts the themes and explores them from multiple angles When he praises the ennobling ualities of love in one Sonnet he might make it about love's insecurities and dark aspects later either in the same sonnet by employing the structural ‘turn’ or in a linked sonnet later on in the seuenceAll this might make the reader feel out of sorts and uneasy It is as if the conversation jumped from topic to topic in a broken backed fashion At times affectionate and intimate at times abject and distant; but nothing clicks tight no overall theme emerges The poet of the Sonnets veers back and forth from the dream of omnipotence to the dread of mortality and impending loss continuously in fluxEven the conclusion of this is almost wistful a testimony to the ultimate powerlessness of the art that has been so hyperbolically praised but at the same time leaving it hanging in mid air since we do not really know if these 'concluding' sonnets are really the conclusion or if they were ordered right or if Shakespeare intended to contrast the theme of the 'concluding' couple of sonnets by another soaring portrayal of Cupid reasserting himself Again we can only speculate Reading the Sonnets is a particularly rewarding and time consuming exercise due to these delightful perversities of history and of the poet’s penThus the reader would conclude the reading of the Sonnets with a strong sense that the emotions expressed in them refuses to fit into pigeon holes that wecritics may have constructed for themIndividually most of the sonnets are creatures of infinite beauty but also bewildering due to their contrasting colors and when we read the whole seuence as one we might experience them differently As one of the critics say from its total plot however ambiguous however particular there emerges something not indeed common or general like the love expressed in many individual sonnets but yet in a higher way universal While this is indeed true we again lack the tools or the certainty to convert the individual sonnets into a ‘plot’ we might try to understand a ‘philosophy’ of love and life from these meditations but to hunt for a plot among them can only take away from the pleasure and the true experience of itTo me at least the conclusion was that to relentlessly attribute autobiographical aims to the sonnets is to not give due credit to the imaginative genius of Shakespeare and impute that he was incapable of inventing such realistic emotions with his poetic person than he was able to achieve with his dramatic one Why credit only the dramatic author to be capable of this imaginative creativity and not the poet? I think it is only desperation that forces this on usWe should accept that the author character that emerges from the sonnets is not created for our convenience It is not necessarily William Shakespeare the man; it is William Shakespeare the poet What is your substance whereof are you madeThat millions of strange shadows on you tend?Since everyone hath every one one shadeAnd you but one can every shadow lend بلا جدال السونيتة المفضلة Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewestNow is the time that face should form another;Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewestThou dost beguile the world unbless some motherFor where is she so fair whose uneared wombDisdains the tillage of thy husbandry?Or who is he so fond will be the tombOf his self love to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother's glass and she in theeCalls back the lovely April of her prime;So thou through windows of thine age shalt seeDespite of wrinkles this thy golden timeBut if thou live remembered not to beDie single and thine image dies with thee أعتذر إن لم أترجمها أو أترجم معناهافشكسبير لا يترجموكل محاولة لترجمته هي تجرأ لا يغتفر

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