Thursday, August 26, 2010

Magpie 29


One of Will's sonnets:
"O, never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seem'd my flame to qualify,
As easy might I from myself depart
As from my soul which in thy breast doth lie.

This is my home of love; if I have rang'd,
Like him that travels I return again."
(Sonnet #109)

34 comments:

Friko said...

Thank you for that.
I needed a reminder of what the master does after so much dross.

annell said...

So well written, and I love the last few words! I return again....wonderful!
You touched me.

signed...bkm said...

Absolutely love William's Sonnets...that second line...absence seem'd my flame to qualify...incredible line on love....bkm

Systematic Weasel said...

Wonderful post! Both the poem and the image complement each other! =)

-Weasel

corfubob said...

That Shakespeare fellow could write really nicely.

willow said...

Delicious. ((sigh)) You know Shakespeare makes me weak in the knees, yet you continue to torture.

Doctor FTSE said...

Most modest! Plenty of Magpies think they've improved on WS's version!

Berowne said...

willow: "...yet you continue to torture."
"Sweet is pleasure after pain." (Dryden)

Berowne said...

My thanks to Friko, annell, bkm, Systematic, corfubob and Doc FTSE for your encouraging comments.

Jinksy said...

Those two lines were of more value than other's screeds...

Angie Muresan said...

How fitting this is. I'm going to a Shakespeare Festival this weekend. Thank you for putting me in the mood.

Tumblewords: said...

Superb...

Greyscale Territory said...

Your two lines after Shakespeare's are like a gentle, whispering reminder of what grounds us in life!

Berowne said...

Greyscale: "Your two lines after Shakespeare's..."
Those two lines are part of the sonnet.

Lyn said...

Such love, so deeply felt..terrific choice..thanks..

Pat said...

My dear departed friend Old Horsetail Snake used to call him: Will the Shake. Make what you will of his plays he certainly had the perfect phrase for anything in life you might experience.
I once asked a young friend who was at RADA why they spent so much time on his plays. He said if you can act that you can act anything.

Berowne said...

I'm grateful for the pleasant comments from Jinksy, Angie, Tumblewords, Lyn and Pat.

ninotaziz said...

Dear Berowne,
Here we are...centuries later, loving the lines the Bard wrote, just as if we just met him in poetry blogland yesterday...

Always relevant, always new, always inspiring.

Carrie Burtt said...

Truly brilliant Berowne...i love it! :-)

ds said...

O lovely! Wild Willy surely knew how to conjure a line to fit an image (and vice versa). And you surely know your "Wild Willy." Thank you for sharing this: I was not familiar with #109.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Awesome!!

Reflections said...

Ah yes, none quite like his way with words... thank you. And thank you for following me. I appreciate the support.

Lydia said...

One of my best qualities is honesty about what I do not know....I have never been a student of Shakespeare (other than required reading in school). So I had to Google Sonnet 109 to see if it was really his, or if these were your words. While there I read the entire Sonnet and am smitten. Consider yourself the flint that sparked something in me this day.

Berowne said...

Lydia: "onsider yourself the flint that sparked something in me this day."
I am proud to be the flint in such a situation. :-)

Berowne said...

nana: "Awesome!!"
What an awesome comment -- thanks.

Berowne said...

Carrie: "Truly brilliant Berowne...i love it!"
A much-appreciated remark, Sister Carrie. Thanks.

Berowne said...

Thanks to ninotazis, ds and Reflections for some encouraging comments.

kathew said...

once again you educate me....you are a great teacher!

Berowne said...

kathew: "....you are a great teacher!"
Thanks. Did you bring an apple? :-)

Brian Miller said...

ah been a while since i have read william...thank you for that...and for stopping by today...nice mag!

Teresa O said...

"This is my home of love..." only Master Shakespeare could pen such lovely words filled with more meaning than the cry of the hoot owl outside my window.

Abhilasha-The Desire said...

Awesome... I'm simply speechless in front of the masters...

Derrick said...

Can't beat Will!

Berowne said...

Can't beat Derrick! :-)

 
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