Shakespeare Sonnet XXX (30)

Shakespeare Sonnet XXX

  • Recently finished carving this woodcut of the Bard and hand-printed it using a baren (pictured in upper left corner).  I took the image and reduced it by 50% and used it to illustrate Sonnet XXX. To get the desirable red for the initial capital, I used acrylic paint. A copy can be obtained at www.poeticexpressions.etsy.com.


                             Sonnet XXX
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste;
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancelled woe,
And moan th’expense of many a vanished sight;
Then can I grieve as grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoanéd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
      But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
     All losses are restored and sorrows end.
                                                     William Shakespeare

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A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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2 Responses to Shakespeare Sonnet XXX (30)

  1. Kristel says:

    This looks great. I don’t know how you did the wood carving, but it really does look great!

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