Shakespeare’s Sonnet 15

Sonnet 15

William Shakespeare

When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and cheque’d even by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay,
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
And all in war with Time for love of you,
As he takes from you, I engraft you new.

 

I haven’t read every poem out there just yet. But of the countless that I have read, this is my favorite and has been since I first had the glorious chance to happen upon it some 15 years ago. At the time, I remember saying to someone, “And he is pretty much just known for his plays, right?” -DKL

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About Daniel Lowry

Reading and writing are wonderful verbs.
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