And wherefore say not I that I am old?
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Now see what good turns eyes for eyes have done: Mine eyes have drawn thy shape, and thine for me Are windows to my breast, where-through the sun Delights to peep, to gaze therein on thee; Yet eyes this cunning want to grace their art; They draw but what they see, know not the heart.
Him have I lost; thou hast both him and me: He pays the whole, and yet am I not free. Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
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So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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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. Learn more about sonnets.
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I do like the sonnet, though. However, the boldness of the promise seems to have been somewhat warranted. After all, we are still reading the sonnet, and the beloved is still remembered, at least a little, by being featured in it. But as a nursing student, I had to memorize the […].
Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. Personally, I think he wrote several hundred more. Fuller shows the specific vocal and emotional intricacies, flexibility, intelligence, and delicacy required for an ideal rendering.
Book Summary / Abstract
David Fuller reminds us of the emotional and sensual pleasures of poetry and reintroduces terms such as "enjoyment", "engagement" and "feeling" to our critical vocabularies. This book will deepen the reader's engagement not just with Shakespeare's sonnets but with all kinds of art - written, acoustic and visual - as Fuller shows us how to bring personal experience to bear on critical analysis. Fuller talks at length about their rhyme and metre, producing evidence to support his initial claim that these are poems that have been written to be read aloud.
To add weight to his argument, Fuller talks of vocal techniques employed by both actors and opera singers.