Friday, March 17, 2017

Reading Shakespeare and Writing too

This dialogue happened in the past: 
- Why do you study English? 
- I want to read Shakespeare in original. 
This answer was being perceived by me as a joke. 
Really, it seemed an incredibly difficult to read Shakespeare. But let's challenge you and try.

This is Sonnet one:

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:

But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.

Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
And tender churl mak'st waste in niggarding.

Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

William Shakespeare

A few comments which were founded by me in the Internet:
from fairest creatures = from all beautiful creatures;
we desire increase = we want offspring;
riper = more ripe;
contracted to = bound only to. 
The sonnet one is addressed to the poet's breathtaking friend, whose identity is unknown, assuming he existed at all. The poet's focus in this sonnet is to persuade his friend to start a family so that his beauty can live on through his children. 

After reading Shakespeare, I tried to create my one sonnet with another interpretation. This is the result:

When beauty goes forward
In hope to keep this forever
The clever sees toward
It would be reached newer

Without idea
No chance to succeed
No matter well-being
When body with mind would be disagreed

If you catch your love
Your happiness is
Here and after the trouble
The Phoenix appears

And remember, please:

Without your desires this careless world
Would become not yours

Anatoly non-Shakespeare

Thanks to the teacher Alexsis for assisting me in this deal. The class with Alexsis in online English school gave me inspiration for the friendly competition with Shakespeare.

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