Sonnet

From Fairest Creatures We Desire Increase by Shakespeare

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed’st thy light’st flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding.
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee.

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William Shakespeare ( 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poetplaywrightand actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.Conventions associated with the sonnet have evolved over its history. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainlycomedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including HamletKing LearOthello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616.

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Definition: A sonnet signifies a poem of fourteen lines that follows a strict rhyme scheme and specific structure.

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I think this sonnet is about beauty and being self consumed. He is also talking about how we should pass on this beauty by having children and by not doing so is a mistake. The sonnet does have 14 lines and a rhyme scheme.

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I chose picture to represent how beauty should be passed down, according to Shakespeare.

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