If you’ve only read one sonnet in your life, it was probably Sonnet 18…”Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day . . .”
You were probably forced to read it by some English teacher who was desperate to excite you about Shakespeare by pointing out the obvious sexual references. . . I know I was.
Much as I like love the sexual references, forget about them for a sec. Look at the last two lines . . .
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
In simple modern English, he’s saying “This poem is so awesome they will be reading it FOREVER; I just made you immortal Babe.”
The sonnets are numbered roughly in the order they were written, so #18 (of 154) was written when he was a pretty young guy.
It’s the most arrogant thing ever written in the English language. It would be unacceptably arrogant . . . if it wasn’t turning out to be true.
There are a lot of reasons why Shakespeare’s great, one that is often overlooked is that he knew from the start that he was great.
Do you have the courage – the honesty – the unadulterated Chutzpah to believe how great you are? We ALL have greatness within us. Find yours and bring it to the world, this is not an option, it is our job here on earth. Some are great writers, or painters, or parents or cooks, but we’ve all got something the world is hungry for.
Find your greatness and you will change the world in wonderful ways.