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The Bard of Avon

Postby zilch » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:16 am

Yes, it's April 26, Shakespeare's birthday again. For the record, I think that although he reflected the biases of his time (don't we all?) ol' Will was a fair to middling poet. Here's one of my favorites, his Sonnet 130:

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Shakespeare, whatever his foibles, was securely in love with the real world.
You were born. And so you're free. So happy birthday.
- Laurie Anderson
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