Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sonnets /English

  1. About Shakespeare's Sonnets. A sonnet is a 14-line poem that rhymes in a particular pattern. In Shakespeare's sonnets, the rhyme pattern is abab cdcd efef gg, with the final couplet used to summarize the previous 12 lines or present a surprise ending. The rhythmic pattern of the sonnets is the iambic pentameter.

  • Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
    Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
    But you shall shine more bright in these contents
    Than unswept stone, besmear’d with sluttish time.
    When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
    And broils root out the work of masonry,
    Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
    The living record of your memory.
    ’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
    Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
    Even in the eyes of all posterity
    That wear this world out to the ending doom.
    So, till the judgement that yourself arise,
    You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.




    —William Shakespeare

  1. Not marble,/ nor/ the gilded monuments
Of princes, /shall outlive/ this powerful rhyme;But/ you shall shine/ more bright/ in these contentsThan/ unswept stone,/ besmear’d/ with sluttish time.When/ wasteful war/ shall/ statues overturn,And broils/ root out/ the work of masonry,Nor Mars/ his sword /nor/ war’s quick fire/ shall burnThe living record/ of your memory.’Gainst death/and/ all-oblivious enmityShall/ you pace forth; /your praise/ shall/ still find roomEven in the eyes/ of all posterityThat wear/ this world /out to the ending doom.So, /till the judgement/ that yourself/ arise,

You live in this,/ and /dwell/ in lovers’ eyes.

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