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Transcript of Shakespeare
Sonnet No. 18
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 dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
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.
loved person (thee) = beautiful
person (thou) > summer
summer: beautiful but too short
clouds & night
summer: comes to an END
should not lose beauty
beauty > death (can't take her beauty away)
refers to his ending:
so long people live & read 'this' (poem), she (life & beauty) lives on in memory
*26.04.1564: born in
1582: marriage with
Judith & Hamnet (1585)
as actor & playwright
1594: founds 'The Lord Chamberlain's Men'
1576: 'The Theatre'
1583: 'The Queen's Men'
1599: 'The Globe Theatre'
1603: -> 'The King's Men'
1613: Globe burns
1623: 'First Folio'
heliocentric system (Kopernikus)
women: remarkable liberties/rights
famous persons: Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world (1580)
Sir Francis Bacon
rural depopulation: London doubled its population --> 200.000
theatre-going: important form of entertainment
outbreaks of plague
A Midsummer Night's
As You Like It (1598)
Richard III (1592)
Henry V (1599)
The Winter's Tale (1610)
The Tempest (1611)
Romeo & Juliet (1595):
Montague feud Capulet
tries to immortalize the loved person through his own poetry
brevity of life
transience of beauty
trappings of desire
'Ourselves in Shakespeare' (Michael Gerson), 2007:
charaters --> come to life (independent)
influence on history/politics
humanity (main topic)
explains people to themselves + also shows possibility to change
--> most important decisions: in human soul
fate = best intentions (purest love --> disaster)
--> gives us a different view on ourselves (self-reflection/self-recognition)
were, are and will be relevant
Tudor-Dynasty: reign of Elizabeth I
expansion to North America – exploration of the world
1600: British East India Company was founded
protestantism --> Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604):
--> defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588)
--> conflicts in Ireland
1603: Death of Queen Elizabeth I
"A horse! A horse!
My kingdom for a horse."
"To be or not to be -
that is the question."
"Hell is empty and
all the devils are here.”
Thank you for your attention!
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