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tinustijger
09-02-2007, 09:11 AM
Please post what you think is William Shakespeare's best poem. You can also post parts of his plays or something, not restricted to sonnets!

I'm not a great fan of Shakespeare, if you read a lot of his poetry it gets boring, I think, the sonnets especially! But I love this sonnet, just because he doesn't think he'll still be famous after hundreds of years, and he is, still, extremely famous! (overrated, I think, but I shall say no more!)


XXXII.

If thou survive my well-contented day,
When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,
And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,
Compare them with the bettering of the time,
And though they be outstripp'd by every pen,
Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,
Exceeded by the height of happier men.
O, then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:
'Had my friend's Muse grown with this growing age,
A dearer birth than this his love had brought,
To march in ranks of better equipage:
But since he died and poets better prove,
Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love.'

William Shakespeare

stlukesguild
09-02-2007, 12:27 PM
It is as impossible for Shakespeare to be overrated as it is for Bach, Mozart, Dante, Michelangelo, or Rembrandt.

Literary_Cat
09-04-2007, 09:59 PM
Without contest, I love Sonnet 73.

The fire metaphor gets me every time.

Anza
09-08-2007, 06:39 PM
I rather like The Taming of the Shrew, 4.4, Lines 171-

"What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel,
Because his painted skin contents the eye?
Oh, no, Good Kate; neither art thou the worse
For this poor furniture and mean array."

It's so pretty!