Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date,
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Last year I had the pleasure of going to Dream in High Park and watched a fantastic rendition of Romeo & Juliet. My friend and I sat in the outdoor amphitheatre with a picnic basket filled with lemonade, vino, and cheese. Being an outdoor show, you have to prepare for inclement weather. That night there were a few drops of rain, but it wasn’t enough to stop the show.

This year the program is putting on A Winter’s Tale. I must admit, I’m not familiar with the play; however, that won’t stop me from sparksnote-ing it and attending a performance. Also, another accolade I must share is that this program runs completely on a pay what you can basis. Hope you check it out!


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