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posted May 14, 2019, 1:00 PM by Suchandra Chatterjee   [ updated May 14, 2019, 1:34 PM ]

Q. What is Shakespeare trying to say in sonnet 18:


"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

What the poet is trying to say is that he wants mankind to keep on comparing each other against some impossible yardstick of beauty so long as we can breathe or eyes can see. 

So, if we take it quite literally then; we have to go hide somewhere between the breath and where eyes can’t see: close your eyes and find that which flows between stream of thoughts, that absolute and utter understanding of love. That’s where time ceases to exist!

So, this poem is about that unwavering sense of beauty: which is the core of every being: timeless love!

And it's so beautifully rational: I love it!

Of course I ended up getting an F. Who wouldn't after bringing up emptiness and compassion while discussing the most famous sonnet in the history of mankind? Philosophy and poetry are born enemies after-all!!!


Q. What is Shakespeare trying to say in the monologue: all the world's a stage.


It boils down to the last two words, really. 

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything

Sans everything. How can you be sanse everything? I just told you above: that's the core of being. Love strong like a blackhole where time ceases to exist.

F again, of course!