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Sonnets on Sundry Notes of Music   By: (1564-1616)

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Sonnets on Sundry Notes of Music by William Shakespeare is an enchanting collection of poetry that seamlessly marries two art forms, literature and music. Through his eloquent and evocative sonnets, Shakespeare captivates readers with his exploration of love, desire, and the power of music.

The book begins with a series of sonnets that set the stage for the harmonious journey the reader is about to embark on. Shakespeare’s mastery of language shines through each line, as he weaves a symphony of words that resonate with profound emotional depth. His ability to convey complex emotions through the sonnet form is nothing short of extraordinary.

One of the remarkable aspects of this collection is Shakespeare’s skillful incorporation of musical themes and imagery throughout. Each sonnet acts as a melodic note, flowing seamlessly into the next, creating a rhythm that lingers long after the reader has turned the final page. The use of musical terms and metaphors adds a layer of richness to the poems, further enhancing the overall experience.

Moreover, Shakespeare’s exploration of love and desire in these sonnets is deeply introspective and thought-provoking. He delves into the contradictory nature of love, its ability to both elevate and shatter our souls. The intricacy with which he portrays the complexities of human emotions is awe-inspiring, making the poems relatable and compelling to readers of all backgrounds.

Additionally, the sonnets in this collection showcase the breadth of Shakespeare’s creativity. From passionate declarations of love to mournful laments, he covers a wide range of emotions and sentiments. This versatility is a testament to his talent as a poet, allowing readers to connect with the various facets of the human experience.

While the language of the sonnets can be dense at times, the book includes helpful footnotes that provide context and explanations for archaic words and phrases. This feature ensures that readers can fully appreciate and understand the intricate beauty of Shakespeare’s poetry.

In conclusion, Sonnets on Sundry Notes of Music is a remarkable collection that showcases the genius of William Shakespeare. Through his masterful use of language, poignant musical imagery, and poignant exploration of love and desire, Shakespeare creates an immersive experience that continues to resonate with readers. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to be transported by the magic of poetry and music.

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by William Shakespeare


It was a lording's daughter, the fairest one of three, That liked of her master as well as well might be. Till looking on an Englishman, the fair'st that eye could see, Her fancy fell a turning. Long was the combat doubtful, that love with love did fight, To leave the master loveless, or kill the gallant knight; To put in practice either, alas, it was a spite Unto the silly damsel! But one must be refused, more mickle was the pain, That nothing could be used, to turn them both to gain, For of the two the trusty knight was wounded with disdain: Alas, she could not help it! Thus art, with arms contending, was victor of the day, Which by a gift of learnlng did bear the maid away; Then, lullaby, the learned man hath got the lady gay; For now my song is ended.


On a day (alack the day!) Love, whose month was ever May, Spied a blossom passing fair, Playing in the wanton air: Through the velvet leaves the wind, All unseen, 'gan passage find; That the lover, sick to death, Wish'd himself the heaven's breath. Air, quoth he, thy cheeks may blow; Air, would I might triumph so! But, alas! my hand hath sworn Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn: Vow, alack, for youth unmeet, Youth, so apt to pluck a sweet, Thou for whom Jove would swear Juno but an Ethiope were; And deny himself for Jove, Turning mortal for thy love... Continue reading book >>

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