Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sonnet 30 Triptych

The female figure: is anything more “Shakespearean” than that? Absolutely not. Especially when a Shakespearean sonnet is included. This canvas triptych divides Sonnet 31 into three parts. It is inspired by Ms Robin Williams' book Sweet Swan of Avon: Did A Woman Write Shakespeare? The book is available in paperback from Amazon.

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 cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:

Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o're
The sad account of fore-bemoaned 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.