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Check out the Cockney Bard’s websites. Lots of interesting & thought provoking bits on them.

Shake-speares two most informative sonnets/poems 86 and the one about the MIND (not dark lady & gay lover) 144.  Simply read my sites and you will get there!

SONNET 86

 Was it the proud full sail of his great verse,
Bound for the prize of all-too-precious you,
That did my ripe thoughts in my brain inhearse,
Making their tomb the womb wherein they grew?

Was it his spirit, by spirits taught to write
Above a mortal pitch, that struck me dead?
No, neither he, nor his compeers by night
Giving him aid, my verse astonished.
He, nor that affable familiar ghost
Which nightly gulls him with intelligence,

As victors of my silence cannot boast;
I was not sick of any fear from thence:
But when your countenance fil’d up his line,
Then lack’d I matter; that enfeebled mine.

SONNET 144 

Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest me still;
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman colour’d ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
And whether that my angel be turn’d fiend
Suspect I may, but not directly tell;
But being both from me, both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another’s hell:
Yet this shall I ne’er know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.

John Benson’s 1640 Poems: Written by Wil. Shake- speare. Gent.

The Passionate Pilgrime 1599 – Poems by W.Shakespeare

SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS. Neuer before Imprinted. At London, By G. Eld for T.T and are to be solde by William Aspley. 1609.

 

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