William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

A Madrigal - Poem by William Shakespeare

Crabbed Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn,
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare:
Youth is full of sports,
Age's breath is short,
Youth is nimble, Age is lame:
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold,
Youth is wild, and Age is tame:-
Age, I do abhor thee;
Youth, I do adore thee;
O! my Love, my Love is young!
Age, I do defy thee-
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay'st too long.

Comments about A Madrigal by William Shakespeare

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/4/2016 9:59:00 PM)

    I don't abhor age I embrace it. Different prrspectives 400 years apart. Thsnk you William. (Report) Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (4/12/2016 7:47:00 AM)

    Youth and age are two matters not matching together it seems according to Shakespeare! Youth is like heart ever romantic but age is like winter cold to go according to heart's desire! (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (4/12/2016 5:59:00 AM)

    Yes it is a bitter fact.A nice poem! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/12/2016 1:17:00 AM)

    Age is full of care! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/23/2015 12:03:00 PM)

    Madrigal is a secular form of music often used as a partsong. It was very popular during the time of Renaissance. It was polyphonic and usually unaccompanied, since it used a plenty of voices. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/23/2015 12:01:00 PM)

    Shakespeare compares Youth and “Crabbed age” (old age) . He describes them as a couple which cannot live together since they are the complete opposites of each other. While Youth id careless, summer-like and healthy, Age is weak, sad and has “short breath”. (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2015 8:53:00 PM)

    .....an excellent write and so true ★ (Report) Reply

  • Anjana Sk (9/25/2015 1:57:00 PM)

    love this one though simple its beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (1/2/2015 9:49:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem from the greatest one. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (9/8/2014 1:08:00 PM)

    A simplicity with a wonderful and perfect beauty.
    I love this poem
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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/3/2014 5:47:00 AM)

    Now crabbed aged ones are in old age homes
    Left by the younger gen too busy to love or care
    And look into wrinkled eyes and hold arthritic hands
    But left to walk into the sunset so alone and so bare.........

    I welcome all ye who readeth this to my page too...........
    (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:37:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2014 3:41:00 AM)

    Man his growth factor and calculated as age and different stages of life are a valuable subject for the greatest poet of English language and most interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Zoila T. Flores (3/15/2014 8:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem, but is more beautiful to understand it. (Report) Reply

  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/29/2012 2:19:00 PM)

    Perhaps they come together when there is tolerance.Not always is a categorisation that has to be socially accepted. (Report) Reply

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (6/9/2012 3:57:00 AM)

    Great reflection from the don himself. Youth and age; a parallel truly (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

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