Will Wont Let You Down.

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Registered: 12-15-2004
Will Wont Let You Down.
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Sun, 12-02-2012 - 7:48pm

So sorry to have been unavoidably away from the board.  A dearth of happenings? Nothing of mine own to add but here's one from the greatest poet who ever lived.  You may wish to make a comment, or not, I hope you Will, just to show we are still a viable proposition and that we love poetry.

Sonnet CXXVIII

How oft, when thou, my music, music playes't,
Upon that blessed wood, whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers, when thou gently sway'st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds.
Do I envy those jacks, that nimble leap
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
At the wood's boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they whould change their state
And situation with those dancing chips,
O'er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
Making dead wood more bless'd than living lips.
Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss. 

 

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Registered: 01-28-2000
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 11:01am

Thanks for sharing this with us. I like it, and tried to decipher the actual meaning of the poem, so I checked it with some on-line sources. I like the "translation" on this site:

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/sonnets/sonnet_128.html

It's an extremely visual poem - I can see Will watching this woman playing, and wishing he could kiss her.

Roberta

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Registered: 07-13-2008
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 5:29pm

Breathtaking. That's what we need: to go back to fountain and drink.

From Viable Proposition Adetelyu

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Registered: 05-13-2000
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 5:57pm
That is a very beautiful choice; he was such a romantic in his expression. Thanks for posting this one. I could imagine a young lady hearing the words in her head as she read the words that evening following her musical engagement.
Embrace change.
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Registered: 05-13-2000
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 6:01pm
I appreciated the site link, Roberta.
Embrace change.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2000
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 6:02pm
Love your take on it Jackie.
Embrace change.
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Registered: 12-15-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 3:07pm

I'm so glad you liked it Roberta.  I find it ever more difficult to compose my own sonnets, these so cruel days of my old age. I hate being old, but then, I guess I was young once, at least, I think I was?

 

 

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Registered: 12-15-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 3:09pm

Hi again Jackie, it seems so long since we last met. I do so like your comment.

 

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Registered: 12-15-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 3:16pm

Hi Vee, so good to hear from you again.  Yes, sweet William sure had a way with words.  I have tried to get the depth of feeling and the imagery he generates into my own sonnets, but he is so good that I need another lifetime to get on the same planet as him.

 

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Registered: 05-13-2000
Thu, 12-06-2012 - 2:36am
You do so unjustly refer to your talent. Your tempered words equal the well honed poetic skills you posess.
Embrace change.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-15-2004
Wed, 12-12-2012 - 6:42am

WOW!  Thanks for that Vee: now I know it really is Christmas.

 

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