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

  • (12/5/2018 6:44:00 PM)

    Hi. this poem was average. thi poem is not very amazing. Shakespear really let us down here. p.s. that rhymes (Report) Reply

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (4/17/2018 9:51:00 PM)

    Age, I do abhor thee;
    Youth, I do adore thee; ............... poetically its brilliant aroma inspires the dictional clarity of a poet.
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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/17/2018 9:57:00 AM)

    My love is young

    Excellent use of imageries by William Shakespeare.
    Great poem from the Master himself.

    Sylva Onyema Uba
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/17/2018 4:32:00 AM)

    A brilliant depiction has been made on crabbed age and youth with many example. It may be quoted......
    Age, I do abhor thee;
    Youth, I do adore thee;
    Great poem of great poet.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/17/2018 1:47:00 AM)

    Such a remarkable poem by William Shakespeare👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2018 12:49:00 AM)


    O! my Love, my Love is young!
    - -
    O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
    For methinks thou stay'st too long.
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (4/17/2018 12:35:00 AM)

    A great poem from the Bard. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/7/2018 7:13:00 PM)

    Age versus youth- we'd all rather be young than old. But I would rather hang out with young people- they put life back into life. Unfortunately, while young people enjoy my company- given a choice they probably would rather be with their buddies doing their own dumb things rather than listen to tales of dumb thing done in the past. (Report) Reply

    (4/17/2018 12:31:00 AM)

    Great poets have no age,
    Thus You Are, forever young
    And the lyrics you have made
    Will for long time be remembered,
    With greatest pleasure, ever sung.

  • (1/7/2018 4:39:00 AM)

    Poem is very nice thank you William (Report) Reply

  • Joshua Adeyemi (4/11/2017 11:53:00 AM)

    Hmmm...Age and youth. 'Age i abhor thee, Youth i adore thee'....Metaphysical. Shakespeare indeed that shakes our sphere. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (4/11/2017 1:20:00 AM)

    Well thought out difference between the youth and old age brilliantly explained. Amazing. Thanks.
    Youth is hot and bold,
    Age is weak and cold,
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/7/2016 4:49:00 AM)

    A well accomplished poem...a complimentary poem to both young and old...pragmatic too...great (Report) Reply

  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

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