William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 146: Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth


Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
My sinful earth these rebel powers array,
Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,
Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?
Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?
Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
Eat up thy charge? is this thy body's end?
Then soul live thou upon thy servant's loss,
And let that pine to aggravate thy store;
Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross;
Within be fed, without be rich no more.
So shall thou feed on Death, that feeds on men,
And Death once dead, there's no more dying then.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: loss, death, sonnet, power

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Sonnet 146: Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth by William Shakespeare )

Enter the verification code :

  • Egal Bohen (5/2/2008 7:02:00 PM)

    Of riches here brave words do ring
    That feed on death that death can't win
    Such riches are not worn by men
    But writ by Will, with ink and pen. (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. scary ghost, lee fones
  2. All That Life Is About, Margaret Alice Second
  3. frog on pug, sallam yassin
  4. Invincible, Jackie Osae
  5. See The Girls, Sell The Photos of, As Yo.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  6. in/out, co the skipper
  7. I Cannot Hold Israel Guilty Merely, The .., Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. The Homecoming, David Lewis Paget
  9. A Battle Within, Manauwer Raza
  10. To My Family, Elia Michael

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]