A Madrigal Poem by William Shakespeare

A Madrigal

Rating: 2.8

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.

Oludipe Oyin Samuel 09 June 2012

Great reflection from the don himself. Youth and age; a parallel truly

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Allemagne Roßmann 29 September 2012

Perhaps they come together when there is tolerance.Not always is a categorisation that has to be socially accepted.

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Fabrizio Frosini 23 December 2015

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.

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Fabrizio Frosini 23 December 2015

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”.

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Zoila T. Flores 15 March 2014

Beautiful poem, but is more beautiful to understand it.

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WA GE 06 May 2019


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James Hunt 05 December 2018

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

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Pranab K Chakraborty 17 April 2018

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 17 April 2018

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 17 April 2018

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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