Thursday, May 05, 2005

Few things more beautiful than poetry...

I was browsing some arbit stuff when i happened to stumble across some of shakespeare's sonnets. I've been an ardent devotee of poets and especially of Wordsworth,Keats and Tennyson. But somehow Shakespeare has always been special for those plays of his. I never did get a chance to read any of his wonderful sonnets. But now that i've finally laid my hands on them thanks to the wonderful thing called the internet. The following four lines are from the is the first of many that he wrote.

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory

Here is the explanation to the above lines.... taken from

"From fairest creatures we desire increase"--that is, that we desire beautiful creatures to multiply, in order to preserve their "beauty's rose" for the world. That way, when the parent dies ("as the riper should by time decease"), the child might continue its beauty ("His tender heir might bear his memory").

I was at a loss for words after reading these lines. For many years i've dabbled in poetry. But it was always about getting the lines to rhyme. Never have i written anything thats even remotely as thought provoking as this. The beauty of his writing isnt in the rhyme.. its in the words he chooses to express them in.

Now for the customary incident..
For the past 1 week we have been playing Monopoly aka Business on an average of 10 hrs a day. There have been arguments during these sessions and tempers have flared. During one of these monopoly sessions one of us got angry at another over a deal. But a tense situation was defused when another of us, very wittily i must add, commented, "Mind your own Business guys".

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