what do you guys think about shakespeare's sonnet 11? don't know about it? it's worth the try.. i would like reactions from both women and men..
Kapil, nothing at all wrong with writing something just to stimulate discussion.
Wikipedia indicates as follows:
"Shakespeare's sonnets are a collection of 154 sonnets, dealing with themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality,...etc."----http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare%27s_sonnets
I can agree with anyone that the Romantic Sentiments of Shakespeare can be worth reading and sharing; but the real power of Shakespeare is that he presents philosophical arguments, in the voices of his characters. This is why he will never be forgotten, and is the greatest playright of all.
I see Greek Playright Aeschylus in the same way. Absolutely....well, "promethean".
If there was only one book that I could have to be sent off with to live in isolation, it might very well be a volume of the collected works of William Shakespeare.
I have a collection of quotes from him. Here is one. It is where Shakespeare gives voice to a philosophy that even today, would be current, and recognizable as an Atheism. and even a
As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest In one of thine, from that which thou departest; And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow'st Thou mayst call thine when thou from youth convertest. Herein lives wisdom, beauty and increase: Without this, folly, age and cold decay: If all were minded so, the times should cease And threescore year would make the world away. Let those whom Nature hath not made for store, Harsh featureless and rude, barrenly perish: Look, whom she best endow'd she gave the more; Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish: She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.
It is pleasant, and pity. In all though, just a tender sentiment that proposes
that we can become wiser with age. I would not wast much time on it.
Shakespeare wrote far more meaningful and profound statements in his plays.
I just read it. Which aspect would you like to explore? The argument that 'gifted'/'beautiful' people have an obligation to procreate - sounds like eugenics to me. That aside, I think the central analogy is not relevant in todays world. Our record keeping has significantly improved since the 17th (?) century. So, even if we cease production of literary works, there is plenty of stuff that people have yet to read. Personally, I'm not much for poems. Whenever I read Shakespeare, I'm reminded of this ghastly, archaic grammar text which was forced upon us in school. :D
Thank you Bruce for your comments..i thought i knew enough of Shakespeare but now i realise that i have a lot more to learn about him.. thanks for your comment.. i do have a collection of aaaallll of his work and i think that it would have been of greater use in your hands :)
Now, if you would like to see Shakespeare give voice to a Theism and spirituality through the voice of his character, observe:
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."----- Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio