Shakespeare's Gay Poetry

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    Mar 25, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    Thought Id list one... this is one of the first i read... sonnet 20 from Shakespeare

    A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted
    Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion;
    A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted
    With shifting change, as is false women's fashion;
    An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
    Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
    A man in hue, all 'hues' in his controlling,
    Much steals men's eyes and women's souls amazeth.
    And for a woman wert thou first created;
    Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
    And by addition me of thee defeated,
    By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
    But since she prick'd thee out for women's pleasure,
    Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure.


    I love the way Shakespeare paraphrases his love this man, as the object of his affection, is beautiful like a woman, but free of all women's frivolity .. but that the man is unattainable as nature has given the man a penis instead of a vagina LOL

    "by addition [of a penis] me of thee defeated [took you from me] by adding one thing [guess what that is?]... since she "pricked" thee out for women's pleasure [meaning should be obvvious there]...

    "mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure".. brilliant! Brilliant!!!

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    Mar 25, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Dude........awesome.....
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Oh perfect, I need a poem to write about for English Comp class. Michelangelo also wrote some poetry about men.
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    Mar 25, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    EverBetter saidOh perfect, I need a poem to write about for English Comp class. Michelangelo also wrote some poetry about men.


    POST POST!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 26, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    You should read Oscar Wilde's 'The Portrait of Mr. W.H' which makes a (in my opinion, not shared by most scholars) good argument that the beloved youth of Shakespeare's sonnets was one of the female-impersonating actors of his company (in those days women weren't allowed on stage so all Shakespeare's female characters were in fact written to be played by boys). Even if you don't buy the theory it's still a good read.
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    Mar 26, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    My iambic pentameter is sooo rigid right now....icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 27, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    MarriedAdam saidMy iambic pentameter is sooo rigid right now....icon_eek.gif


    hehe ;)