9.12.09

Shakespeare AND love - NOW WITH ANSWERS


Is there anything more romantic than poetry?


Listen to Shakespeare's sonnet XVIII and choose the right word to complete the lines of the poem:



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Shall I compare thee to a SUMMER'S day?
Thou art more LOVELY and more temperate
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of MAY,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of HEAVEN shines,
And often is his GOLD complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's CHANGING course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall DEATH brag thou wander'st 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


AN EXPLANATION:

Shakespeare explains that he can't compare the subject of his love with the summer, because the summer, though beautiful, does not last long. This woman's (or man's?) beauty, on the other hand, will live as long as there are people who read this poem.


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