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Shakespeare's Sonnets: From fairest creatures we desire increase

Sonnet 1 Shakespeare, William (1564 - 1616)
1From fairest creatures we desire increase
7Making a famine where abundance lies,
8Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
9Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
10And only herald to the gaudy spring,
13    Pity the world, or else this glutton be,


2] That] So that. Back to Line
3] riper] the older, more mature one. Back to Line
4] His] Shakespeare writes to a male. Back to Line
5] contracted] betrothed; reduced in size. Back to Line
6] self-substantial] "Derived from one's own substance" (OED; only citation). Back to Line
11] buriest] bisyllabic, elided. Back to Line
12] niggarding] hoarding. Back to Line
14] To eat what the grave owes the world (your body) and what you owe the world (your children). Back to Line

  • Ian Lancashire
Poem URL:     https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/shakespeares-sonnets-fairest-creatures-we-desire-increase-0

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Full many a glorious morning have I seen

Sonnet 33 Shakespeare, William (1564 - 1616)
3Kissing with golden face the meadows green;
7And from the forlorn world his visage hide
10With all triumphant splendor on my brow,
11But out alack, he was but one hour mine,


1] An extrametrical line. Back to Line
2] sov'reign] soueraine Q. Back to Line
4] heav'nly] heauenly Q. Back to Line
5] Anon permit] Soon [have I seen] permit. basest] lowest. Back to Line
6] rack] mass. Back to Line
8] to west] westward. Back to Line
9] Ev'n] Euen Q. Back to Line
12] region] high. Back to Line
13] disdain'th] disdaineth Q. Back to Line
14] stain] lose lustre, be stained. heav'n's] heauens Q. stain'th] stainteh Q. Back to Line

  • Ian Lancashire
Poem URL:     https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/shakespeares-sonnets-full-many-glorious-morning-have-i-seen

Shakespeare's Sonnets: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow

Sonnet 2 Shakespeare, William (1564 - 1616)
2And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
5Then being askt where all thy beauty lies,
7To say within thine own deep-sunken eyes
9How much more praise deserv'd thy beauty's use
10If thou could'st answer, "This fair child of mine
13    This were to be new made when thou art old,
14    And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.


1] forty winters: Shakespeare dates a man "old" (13) at 40 years, that is, if speaking for himself, his age in 1604. Back to Line
3] livery] clothes or distinctive outfit supplied to a lord's servants so to identify their household and function. Prosody makes the word trisyllabic. Back to Line
4] totter'd] tattered. weed] wild plant; clothes. Back to Line
6] lusty] delightful. Back to Line
8] An eleven-syllable line: perhaps originally "Were all-eating shame ..." thriftless: worthless. Back to Line
11] sum my count] give my reckoning. make my old excuse] extenuate my old age. Back to Line
12] succession] his child lawfully inherits his former beauty. Back to Line

  • Ian Lancashire
Poem URL:     https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/shakespeares-sonnets-when-forty-winters-shall-besiege-thy-brow

When Thou Must Home to Shades of Underground

Campion, Thomas (1567 - 1620)
2And there arriv'd, a new admired guest,
3The beauteous spirits do engirt thee round,
5To hear the stories of thy finish'd love
6From that smooth tongue whose music hell can move;
7Then wilt thou speak of banqueting delights,
8Of masques and revels which sweet youth did make,
9Of tourneys and great challenges of knights,
10And all these triumphs for thy beauty's sake:
11When thou hast told these honours done to thee,
12Then tell, O tell, how thou didst murder me.


1] Campion wrote all the lyrics and half of the musical settings to be published in A Book of Airs, 1601. Back to Line
4] Iope: one of the wives of Theseus.
Helen: Helen of Troy. Back to Line

  • F. D. Hoeniger
Poem URL:     https://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poems/when-thou-must-home-shades-underground