poet William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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Not From The Stars Do I My Judgment Pluck (Sonnet 14)

Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck,
And yet methinks I have astronomy;
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain, and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find.
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert:
Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (10/12/2020 11:59:00 PM)

    'But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
    And, constant stars, in them I read such art
    As truth and beauty shall together thrive
    If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert:
    Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
    Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date' - the sestet of this sonnet is simply beautiful!
    A worthy selection as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!

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  • S HS H (10/12/2020 11:55:00 PM)

    Superb poem. Yah believing in Star is nothing but a superstition which most of the the common mind people they do but for the poet of Shakespeare's calibre one can understand that he will never is retort to such things.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/12/2020 11:13:00 PM)

    none can judge to see the dazzling beauty of stars
    none can marks good to see the activeness of seasons
    none can blame anyone as unlucky of believe on fate
    let the truth and beauty come though the end of breath........

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (10/12/2020 10:42:00 PM)

    This is a lovely sonnet by the greatest Shakespeare we r n parallel but stars are only landmarks of heaven they give a statistical dat only who was born when yu were born same date month year may be different but what abot genes environment and circumstances have you ever seen

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (10/12/2020 11:40:00 AM)

    As truth and beauty shall together thrive
    If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert:
    Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
    Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.
    very fine poem. tony

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  • Paul T P BurnePaul T P Burne (10/12/2020 10:02:00 AM)

    Well I'm not surprised William wrote this, the true master of all time.

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  • Luis Estable (10/12/2020 8:50:00 AM)

    This splendid sonnet to a loved one is full of great lines. It is a shame that poets today have abandoned the sonnet form, a type of poetry that has brought countless hours of pleasure and thoughtful reading to so many. Many of today`s readers do not have an idea what to look for on a sonnet. It is not entirely their faults. Most poetry classes do not teach traditional form. what a pity!

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran NairParameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (10/12/2020 6:42:00 AM)

    Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck, But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
    Superb

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (10/12/2020 4:45:00 AM)

    Superb poem. I did hindi translation of this poem find the link below.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/12/2020 2:15:00 AM)

    Shakespeare is very sure that one's life lies on Truth and Beauty for doom and date! Shakespeare is so sure of that! Thanks for sharing this wonderful Sonnet!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/12/2020 12:50:00 AM)

    Plagues and deaths! ! ! ! !
    Like the muse of coronavirus today.



    🤗 Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Pencellarite (1/13/2018 2:48:00 AM)

    This is best one I read so far, it is well jotted and artistically extraordinary poem......

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 4:00:00 AM)

    Some critics argue that the Fair Youth sequence follows a story-line told by Shakespeare. Evidence that corroborates this is that the sonnets show a constant change of attitude that would seem to follow a day-by-day private journal entry. Furthermore, there is an argument that the Fair Youth sequence was written to Henry Wriothesley,3rd Earl of Southampton. Critics believe that Shakespeare would like him to marry and have an heir so that his beauty would live forever. The historical timeline of the procreation sonnets directly relates to William Cecil Lord Burghley and the pressure he put on Southamptom to marry his granddaughter Lady Elizabeth Vere (daughter of Edward de Vere) . To this day the relationship between Henry Wriothesly and Shakespeare is debated due to the fact that some believe it was romantic in nature, and not platonic. Regardless most critics agree that Shakespeare wrote this sonnet in order to convince him to produce an heir.
    [Wiki]

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 3:58:00 AM)

    '' I don’t pick my wisdom from the stars, but I think I understand astronomy, although not to predict good or bad luck, or plagues and famines or what the seasons will be like. Nor can I tell fortunes, showing individuals their own moods and their ups and downs, nor tell rulers whether things will go well by frequent predictions from what I see in the heavens. But I get my knowledge from your eyes, and as they are constant stars, I’m able to predict that truth and beauty will thrive together if you would turn your attention from yourself to the reproduction of yourself; otherwise, this is my prediction for you: your death will be the final end of truth and beauty. ''
    [nosweatshakespeare]

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  • Oduro Bright Amoh (10/19/2015 4:51:00 PM)

    Shakespeare has a way of saying beautiful things in a more beautiful way. i love this poem

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  • * Sunprincess * (9/11/2015 11:35:00 PM)

    ...........beautifully penned, love the vocabulary ★

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  • Dawn FuzanDawn Fuzan (5/14/2014 4:59:00 PM)

    Shakespeare nailed this one

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 4:57:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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    Late OctoberLate October(10/12/2020 10:16:00 AM)

    I'll check yours if you check mine

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  • Terence George Craddock (7/3/2010 10:23:00 PM)

    Shakespeare is making a judgement,
    not based on what he sees in the stars
    or astronomy,
    but based upon the constant knowledge
    clearly seen in the eyes of the person
    he is writing about.
    Truth and beauty combine as an art form
    in these incredibly knowledgeable eye.
    An exceptional compliment.

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    Late OctoberLate October(10/12/2020 10:18:00 AM)

    I believe that is exactly the case.

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