William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 10: For Shame, Deny That Thou Bear'st Love To Any - Poem by William Shakespeare

For shame, deny that thou bear'st love to any
Who for thy self art so unprovident.
Grant, if thou wilt, thou art beloved of many,
But that thou none lov'st is most evident;
For thou art so possessed with murd'rous hate,
That 'gainst thy self thou stick'st not to conspire,
Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate
Which to repair should be thy chief desire.
O, change thy thought, that I may change my mind!
Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle love?
Be as thy presence is gracious and kind,
Or to thy self at least kind-hearted prove,
Make thee another self, for love of me,
That beauty still may live in thine or thee.

Comments about Sonnet 10: For Shame, Deny That Thou Bear'st Love To Any by William Shakespeare

  • Gold Star - 69,158 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/8/2015 2:51:00 PM)

    This is a procreation sonnet within the Fair Youth sequence.

    In the sonnet, Shakespeare uses a rather harsh tone to admonish the young man for his refusal to fall in love and have children. It also continues and amplifies the theme of hatred against the world which appears rather suddenly in the last couplet of Sonnet 9. The two sonnets may be said therefore to be linked (like Sonnets 5 and 6 or Sonnets 15 and 16) even though the linkage takes a different form.

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  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 5:07:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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