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    Registered User tinustijger's Avatar
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    Your favourite Shakespeare Poem

    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!)


    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
    Each man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. - John Donne

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    It is as impossible for Shakespeare to be overrated as it is for Bach, Mozart, Dante, Michelangelo, or Rembrandt.
    Beware of the man with just one book. -Ovid
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    Without contest, I love Sonnet 73.

    The fire metaphor gets me every time.
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

    ~Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear. Dune.

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    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!

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