I think it is time to include some Shakespeare on this blog!
This poem is Sonnet 116, and it is my favourite sonnet by Shakespeare. I am sure I’m not the only one here, as it is one of the most well-known ones. It was made famous by the beautiful film Sense & Sensibility, based on the magnificient novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Every time I remember Kate Winslet reciting this sonnet from memory in the film all the hair on my arms comes up in goosebumps!
And I just couldn’t help feeling we needed something from Shakespeare on the blog! Again, this is not included in the contest!
So here it is… I am aware this is difficult for my students, so we will try to translate it in class…
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-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
And here is a wonderful idea, a cookie with the words of the sonnet printed on it! In edible ink! The picture is from http://www.objetivocupcake.com/, check it out for some great recipes and beautiful pictures!