DPF / Shakespeare

For the sonnet and its ability to hold a moment, a memory, and a loved one alive forever in its tiny Pensieve, from poetryfoundation.org.

from Sonnet 18 / by William Shakespeare

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

 

DPF / Spenser

For if you need some kings, queens and dragons this week, from The Norton Anthology of Literature, Fourth Edition.

from The Faerie Queene / by Edmund Spenser

Under a vele, that wimpled was full low,
And over all a blacke stole she did throw,
As one that inly mournd: so was she sad,
And heavie sat upon her palfrey slow:
Seemed in heart some hidden care she had

DPF / Shakespeare

For those who believe love speaks for itself and should not be given or taken on demand, from the Folio text, 2008, in The Norton Shakespeare: Tragedies, Based on the Oxford Edition, 2nd edition.

from King Lear / by William Shakespeare

Cordelia      Nothing, my lord.
Lear           Nothing?
Cordelia        Nothing.
Lear      Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.

DPF / Shakespeare

For the sonnet which engendered yesterday’s erasure, from The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Fourth Edition: 1. 

from Sonnet 97 / by William Shakespeare

And, thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or, if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.