I’m working on my first university essay, and although it’s pretty hard going, I do get to study two really beautiful sonnets. I feel like the more times I read them, the better they get! I thought I’d share one today – I hope you enjoy reading William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55!
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
‘Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that you yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lover’s eyes.
Do you guys have a favourite sonnet you could recommend?
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!