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"Blow,Blow,Thou Winter Wind" by William Shakespeare :]

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Transcript of "Blow,Blow,Thou Winter Wind" by William Shakespeare :]

"Blow,Blow,Thou Winter Wind" by William Shakespeare :] ORIGINAL TEXT

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly...
Literally Breakin' it Down
From guest D-man
...it is the beginning of winter and so-called "Shakespeare" is feeling really down about a friend of his whom apparently forgot about him altogether; he compares the cold weather to his friend and to past lovers, saying that they are short-lived like the winter but much colder on the heart and mind. He is left faced with a stack of cold and depressing aspects of life and begins to chant cheerily but, I believe, very sarcastically; he ends with, "This life is most jolly," implying his dissatisfaction with the formality of life. This has been Breakin' it Down with D-Man
Thank you..D-man
Although William Shakespeare is recognized as one of literature’s greatest influences, very little is actually known about him. What we do know about his life comes from registered records, court records, wills, marriage certificates and his tombstone. Anecdotes and criticisms by his rivals also speak of the famous playwright and suggest that he was indeed a playwright, poet and an actor. MODERN TEXT

Blow, blow, winter wind.
You aren’t as harsh
As men’s ingratitude.Your teeth aren’t as sharp,
As you are invisible,
Even though your breath is an assault.
Heigh-ho! Sing, heigh-ho! Sing to the green holly.
Most friendship is false, most love simply foolishness.
Then heigh-ho, to the holly.
This life is really jolly.
Freeze, freeze, you bitter sky,
Your bite isn’t as painful
As when good deeds are forgotten.
Even though you can freeze water
Your sting is not as sharp
As the friend who is forgotten.
Heigh-ho! Sing, heigh-ho! Sing to the green holly.
Most friendship is false, most love simply foolishness.
Then heigh-ho, to the holly.
This life is really jolly. Elements of the poem
Keep in mind that the poem is actually from Act 2, Scene 7 of Shakespeare’s play called As You Like It.

Setting- pastoral (pertaining to the country or to life in the country)
Forest of Arden

Tone- neutral

Type of poem: The type of poem is lyrical. Lyric is a poem that is meant to be sung originally with a musical instrument called lyre.

Literary Devices: When Shakespeare refers to the wind as “thou” he uses personification by giving the wind human like feelings that people can easily relate to.
He also uses refrain which is a line or a set of lines that are repeated in every stanza like a chorus. The last four lines of this lyrical poem form a refrain. FUN FACTS :D
 Fact 1 - No one knows the actual birthday of Shakespeare!
 Fact 2 - Anne Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare and three months pregnant when they got married!
 Fact 3 - William Arden, a relative of Shakespeare's mother Mary Arden, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed!
 Fact 4 - Shakespeare never published any of his plays!
 Fact 5 - Many eminent Authors and Politicians do not believe that Shakespeare wrote his plays...
 Fact 6 - Shakespeare's family were all illiterate! SOURCES

Do you think it's easy to relate to this poem especially in high school? If so, why? Question 2
Do you agree with Shakespeare? Is losing a frienship really as painful as he makes it seem? Or is he just being a drama queen..?
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