William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 44: If The Dull Substance Of My Flesh Were Thought - Poem by William Shakespeare

If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote, where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But, ah, thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that, so much of earth and water wrought,
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
Receiving nought by elements so slow,
But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.

Comments about Sonnet 44: If The Dull Substance Of My Flesh Were Thought by William Shakespeare

  • Gold Star - 68,164 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/7/2015 8:50:00 AM)

    It is a member of the Fair Youth sequence, in which the poet expresses his love towards a young man. Sonnet 44 is continued in Sonnet 45.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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