Day 27 – Sonnet 1-14

Before I post my NaPoWriMo post, I will explain my title – It is called Sonnet 1-14, because I constructed a single sonnet using the corresponding lines from each of the first 14 sonnets to construct it. It seems a little silly and lazy to me, but on the other hand, it is interesting to me how Shakespeare’s language and imagery still somewhat works in this approach to a “remix”. Of course, the rhyme scheme is lost on this approach. Thanks for reading.

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty’s field,
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
And being frank she lends to those are free:
For never-resting time leads summer on
Which happies those that pay the willing loan;
Yet mortal looks adore his beauty still,
In singleness the parts that thou shouldest bear.
Look! What an unthrift in the world doth spend
Shall hate be fairer lodg’d than gentle love?
Look! Whom she best endowed, she gave thee more;
And die as fast as they see others grow
O! None but unthrifts. Dear my love, you know
‘Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.’

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