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Sonnet I

Rating: 3.3
Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
The red and white works now no more on me
Than if it could not charm, or I not see.

And yet the face continues good,
And I have still desires,
Am still the selfsame flesh and blood,
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Ratnakar Mandlik 04 March 2017
beauty's empires, Have certain periods set, and hidden fates Fantastic conclusion. Thanks for sharing.
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Amar Agarwala 04 March 2017
A typical classic... though am reading Sir John for the first time. Am not sure about the meter or the rhyme, it seems a little haywire but the meaning is fine, and the depth surfaces after a few reads. Interesting poem on refuted love and lost desires.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 04 March 2017
Have certain periods set.... thanks for sharing....
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 04 March 2017
But mark the fate of faces; The red and white works now no more on me Than if it could not charm, or I not see. Beautiful, stylish, enjoyable. Thanks
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Indira Renganathan 04 March 2017
Beauty is not all in life....more than that character and conduct are essential....good concept for a poem.. what kind of a sonnet is this? .....good work
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Tom Allport 04 March 2017
a mysterious poem of what makes beauty? then to release desire?
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Edward Kofi Louis 04 March 2017
Desires! ! Thanks for sharing.
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Gajanan Mishra 04 March 2017
beauty's empire, life's fire, fixed star.
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Oduro Bright Amoh 21 October 2014
Very wonderful style.. I will read it again and again
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John Richter 21 October 2014
I love classical poetry. And this poem is no exception. Am I wrong on it's misaligned meter though? Perhaps. And there are things I do not know, such as red and white. Is he speaking of the ability of wine to make himself more charming to the object of his desire? Or make-up, as marking the fate of faces? Overall it sounds to me that he is falling in love with a woman who does not care for him, perhaps he is much older and now hoping to win the company of a much younger lady. Her eye's wrong? Obviously not giving him the green light, no matter how his heart longs for her. One thing remains absolute after all this time: desire and love are a mystery.....
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