Shakespeare's Sonnet 97, especially good as a card. by Philip Mitchell
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Controversy still rages over the authorship of Shakespeare’s works, even to the point of questioning whether the poet who penned the sonnets is the same as the prolific playwright who created some of the greatest dramas of world literature. Whatever the case, there is no doubt that the 154 sonnets published as being by SHAKE-SPEARE, to use the spelling and type-setting on the title page of the original 1609 Quarto, contain some of the most perfect poems ever written in the English language.

Sonnet 97 expresses the pain of separation from a loved one. The poet writes of how the time has seemed like winter, even though it has in fact been through the summer and autumn. The image echoes the feelings of winter, which, when viewed from the early 21st century comfort of computer screens in centrally-heated houses and generally insulated existence, represents a contradiction to match the sonnet’s own enigma.

This could make a really unusual, stylish and therefore classy Valentine’s Day card.

I am based near Winchester in mid-Hampshire (UK) and have enjoyed photographing a wide variety of subjects for over 40 years, though the digital revolution has been a real boon.

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Comments

  • WINTERROSE
    WINTERROSEover 5 years ago

    beautiful

  • Thank you: I think yours was its first viewing. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

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    artisandelimageover 5 years ago

  • Bernadette Watts
    Bernadette Wattsabout 5 years ago

    Here is a poet for which I am intimately aware. What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen! How these words strike even today. To whomever be the penman behind the pen the words are lovely, moving and haunting, succint and poignant. Pairing with your wonderful photograph adds to the words. – Bernadette

  • You are too kind. I feel rather guilty at my presumption, of thinking that I can possibly add anything to a little masterpiece like this. I can only console myself with the thought, said of the election of the youngest ever scientist to Britain’s Royal Society some time back on the 19th century, that “talent recognises genius, but mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself.” Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

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