Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peek of the week 2 - William Shakespeare

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The second "peek of the week" is in all certainty a person whose name you must have heard before - William Shakespeare. One of the most well-known playwrights and poets in the world. Shakespeare was British, born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and died in 1616. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and King Lear are some of his famous plays, but the sonnets are equally beautiful and complex. My own favorite one is Sonnet 116:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 

A sonnet, by the way, is a sort of poem that (simply put) has 14 lines and where every other line rhymes for the first 12 lines. The last two lines work as a conclusion to the poem and also rhyme.

Shakespeare has been dead for close to 400 years but his works have gained almost immortal status and in many contemporary movies, plays and books you find traces of his original stories. Love, beauty, revenge, jealousy, greed, honor…you name it... - Shakespeare's works have got it all!

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