Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare and Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

Sonnet 18

by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Though art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all to short a date.
Sometimes too hot the eye of Heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair declines
By chance, or Nature's changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Or lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall Death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

image from www.teacher-of-english.com

For some reason not all of this poem manages to stick with me. I have lines 1 through 10 and then 13 and 14 memorized, but I can never remember 11 and 12.  I may have to work on my memorization skills with this one, so I really get it down in my mind. To complement this poem and the concept of time that it discusses, today's song is Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time, which is not just a great song, but was also a favorite karaoke song for my niece Carly and I when we had regular karaoke dates in her basement.

Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
And think of you
Caught up in circles confusion -
Is nothing new
Flashback - warm nights -
Almost left behind
Suitcases of memories,
Time after -

Sometimes you picture me -
I'm walking too far ahead
You're calling to me, I can't hear
What you've said -
Then you say - go slow -
I fall behind -
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost you can look - and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you - I'll be waiting 
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has 
Turned to gray
Watching through windows - you're wondering
If I'm OK
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time -

If you're lost...

You said go slow -
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds -

If you're lost...
...Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time

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