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.