National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is coming up quickly! With the sun peeking out, snow melting, and everything in flux, there is plenty of inspiration for the poets out there. I’m personally a fan of Emily Dickinson - and we have many books about her and her poems! Writing poetry can be extremely cathartic but sometimes it’s... Continue Reading →

A Sonnet Upon Sonnets by Robert Burns

Fourteen, a sonneteer thy praises sings; What magic myst’ries in that number lie! Your hen hath fourteen eggs beneath her wings That fourteen chickens to the roost may fly. Fourteen full pounds the jockey’s stone must be; His age fourteen – a horse’s prime is past. Fourteen long hours too oft the Bard must fast;... Continue Reading →

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O, no! It is an ever-fix'd mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of William Shakespeare?

Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, questions on whether Shakespeare was actually the author of the works thought to be his, began to arise. His lack of a formal education, and humble family background, have contributed to questioning his genius.  Since then over 80 possible candidates have been put forward as possible authors... Continue Reading →

Sonnet 18 as read by Tom Hiddleston

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines,... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare in Popular Music, part One

“Mediocre writers borrow. Great writers steal.“ T.S.Eliot Sometimes,it's not really stealing, its is simply paying homage to great words and great ideas.  I was actually surprised by the number of pop songs that have taken inspiration by Shakespeare's words or plays. The variety of artists range from Bob Dylan to Dire Straits, with Canadian contributions... Continue Reading →

On Shakespeare by John Milton 1608-1674

What needs my Shakespeare for his honour’d Bones, The labour of an age in pilèd Stones, Or that his hallow’d reliques should be hid Under a stary pointing Pyramid? Dear son of Memory, great heir of Fame, What need’st thou such weak witnes of thy name? Thou in our wonder and astonishment Hast built thy... Continue Reading →

William Shakespeare

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’st flame with self-substantial fuel, Making a famine where abundance lies, Thyself thy foe, to... Continue Reading →

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