haiku, haiku-year, poetry, sonnet

”When thou shalt be”

Exposed to all scorn
I’ve made my fault your strong strength,
My defeat your gain. 1


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Image: Copper engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout 1623 with a facsimile of William Shakespeare’s signature.

  1. When thou shalt be disposed to set me light, — Sonnet LXXXVIII – William Shakespeare
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”Farewell, thou art too dear”

My pen’s penniless;
thy wealth it can ill afford.
Farewell fairest friend. 1


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Image: Copper engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout 1623 with a facsimile of William Shakespeare’s signature.

  1. Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing — Sonnet LXXXVII – William Shakespeare ↩︎
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”Was it the proud”

Did I grow dumb ‘cause
his splendid verse caught the earth?
No, t’was lines of you.1


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Image: Copper engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout 1623 with a facsimile of William Shakespeare’s signature.

  1. Was it the proud full sail of his great verse — Sonnet LXXXVI – William Shakespeare
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”My tongue-tied Muse”

Silence speaks sweeter
than quire filled by gilded quill;
my breathlessness breathes. 1



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Image: Copper engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout 1623 with a facsimile of William Shakespeare’s signature.

  1. My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still — Sonnet LXXXV – William Shakespeare
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”Who is it that says most?”

Wit is writ if with
small word poet writes you true –
make not grace a curse. 1



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Image: Copper engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout 1623 with a facsimile of William Shakespeare’s signature.

  1. Who is it that says most? which can say more — Sonnet LXXXIV – William Shakespeare
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