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Summer Through the Eyes of William Shakespeare

Sonnet 18

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 owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

May your summer’s day be full of blessings…

12 Responses to “Summer Through the Eyes of William Shakespeare”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. gosh – I must read some more of Shakespeare’s sonnets .. I expect I’ve got them here somewhere! This is wonderful for a summer’s day .. exquisite words.

    Thanks – appropriate for us today – we have some drought quenching rain – desperately needed here .. it was a bit too hot yesterday .. I gather your summer hasn’t been great – at least that’s the news I get from my mother’s cousin on VIsland …

    Cheers for now .. Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    I am busy packing my suitcase to get out of town for a wedding . 14-16 hour drive ahead.

    IT Girl posted this poem – so she should have the credit…and now I have to finish a post for Monday in the next hour…I have Plantar Fasciitis and have been using my time to go to the acupuncturist for pain relief…I am getting a bit behind.

    Actually, in my play book, we are having just about the most lovely, perfect of summers I could imagine….but then I love the marine fog in the morning and the 75’F in the afternoons…I get lots of work done when it rains – and summer rain is fabulous.

    I do need to do some catch up reading..soon :)

    Have a wonderful day
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  2. Talon Says:

    So lyrical and so beautiful.

    I hope you and Zip are having a most beautiful day, Patricia.

    patricia Reply:

    Hello Talon,
    I am working at making it a wonderful day – one more acupuncture appointment for my foot ( my fellow goes on vacation) and I am getting closer to pain free every day…
    and when I go to my appointment Wow I will leave the neighbor’s power washing their house noise here for Zip to bark at!!

    I just got ZIP a grooming appointment – when the sun comes out he loves to dig – a dirty boy right now!

    We are having fun :) enjoying our summer

  3. EdenSol Says:

    Lovely share, Patricia! Healing thoughts for your foot. Glad you’ve been having a great summer despite it. You do seem to be a busy bee :-)
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    patricia Reply:

    I just got the cyclist out the door for his 5 week tour and am trying to play catch up this afternoon…
    It has just been so busy this summer…I needed to find the pleasure and joy in it :)

  4. jannie funster Says:

    I think I can finally read Shakespeare quickly and understand it! I struggled in high school. I guess I must be growing up, Patricia. :)

    Ahh, every fair from fair sometimes declines says to me that flowers fade?

    I am enjoying this summer’s day, yes. And hope you are too!

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    patricia Reply:

    It Girl loves Shakespeare and reading his plays and words…so she shared this one with me.

    It is starting to rain here…we have had a week of sunshine then a week of rain all summer and my flowers are just not looking so fair heavenly – but they bring me great joy as they are.

    I am enjoying the smells of all the veggies being cooked into sauce and prepared for the freezer – harvest has started and it feels grand

  5. Sam Juliano Says:

    I hope you had a great time at the wedding Patricia! Summer here in the Northeast has tuned into a three day rain that has uncovered a few leaks in the house. Ugh! But heck, we are officially at the half way point, and we’re hoping for some further pleasures. The Shakespeare sonnet can’t be topped–you went for the best, and you got it.

    But I’ll offer up a summer poem by Emily Dickinson who is perhaps the most prolific poet on this season, interestingly enough:

    There’s something in a summer’s Day
    As slow her flambeaux burn away
    Which solemnizes me.

    A something in a summer’s noon —
    A depth — an Azure — a perfume —
    Transcending ecstasy.

    And still within a summer’s night
    A something so transporting bright
    I clap my hands to see —

    Then veil my too inspecting face
    Lets such a subtle — shimmering grace
    Flutter too far for me —

    The wizard fingers never rest —
    The purple brook within the breast
    Still chafes it narrow bed —

    Still rears the East her amber Flag —
    Guides still the sun along the Crag
    His Caravan of Red —

    So looking on — the night — the morn
    Conclude the wonder gay —
    And I meet, coming thro’ the dews
    Another summer’s Day!

    patricia Reply:

    Oh this poem doth capture the season so well….We are having quite a cool summer and few days of sunshine…It feels like I must be out in it when the sun breaks through…a snow day or a celebration.

    Just needed to find the right expression and IT Girl loves Shakespeare – so the sharing came together…Thank you for your good comments on your post..

    I have to come over and read it again…it is so full of detail and information – thank you for your kind words there too

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