William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 145: - Poem by William Shakespeare

Those lips that Love's own hand did make
Breath'd forth the sound that said I hate
To me that languish'd for her sake:
But when she saw my woeful state,
Straight in her heart did mercy come.
Chiding that tongue, that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom:
And taught it thus anew to greet:
'I hate' she alter'd with an end
That follow'd it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away.
'I hate' from hate away she threw,
And sav'd my life, saying 'not you'


Comments about Sonnet 145: by William Shakespeare

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/31/2016 8:48:00 AM)

    This is the only sonnet of the 154 which is not written in the usual iambic pentameter (verses of five feet consisting of a short followed by a long syllable) but of the more jerky iambic tetrameter, or octosyllabic verse, which is thought to be more appropriate for epigrammatic and comic verse. It is a sonnet that is not highly regarded, being thought of as rather trivial, and most commentators would prefer to discard it. It has been suggested** that it might be a piece of juvenilia, written in 1582, which Shakespeare subsequently adapted to fit in with the sonnets. This involves a pun on Anne Hathaway in line 13, and possibly another pun, (suggested by Booth) in line 14, 'Anne saved my life'. (SB.p.501) . (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/31/2016 8:47:00 AM)

    Tempting though these suggestions are, I think they are overcome by the supreme difficulty of imagining how Shakespeare could have familiarized himself at this early stage with the sonnet tradition and its language and ideas. In 1582 he was only 18 years old, had just contracted what was probably a shotgun marriage with Anne Hathaway, was still living in Stratford, knew little of London and the literary set, and yet (we are asked to believe) was able to write a poem which anticipated the language of Sidney's Astrophel and Stella by at least nine years.

    The sonnet tradition did not really begin to flourish until after the posthumous publication of Sidney's work in 1591, which produced a flood of emulative literature.
    shakespeares-sonnets.com/ (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/30/2014 2:57:00 PM)

    ..............hate is totally at the opposite end of the spectrum from love....and I agree with you........let's not go there mr. shakespeare.... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 6:06:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010



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