Friday, January 12, 2007

Poetry Friday 32

I'm still reading James Shapiro's 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, so I'm going to share two of Shakespeare's Sonnets with you this week.

Sonnet 60

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end,
Each changing place with that which goes before
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith, being crowned,
Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight
And Time that gave, doth now his gift confound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,
And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Feeds on the rarities of natures truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow;
And yet, to times, in hope, my verse shall stand,
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

Sonnet 64

When I have seen by time's fell hand defaced
The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime-lofty towers I see down razed,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the wat'ry main,
Increasing store with loss and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay,
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate:
That time will come and take my love away.
This thought is as a death, which cannot choose
But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

Both of these Sonnets are on the theme of Time, which seems appropriate since I'm reading Shapiro's book to accompany Susan Cooper's King of Shadows, which as you know if you've seen my review (for a previous Poetry Friday) or are reading it in preparation for the Book Discussion Group, is a time-slip story.


Erin said...

Thanks for sharing those! I especially liked the latter.

Michele said...

Interesting - I actually preferred the first one !