Hope you enjoy this audio recording of ‘Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare ‘ – performed by my student Estée Spencer as part of her LAMDA Grade 8 Verse & Prose exam (Gold Medal). You will also find a copy of the sonnet below.
Some interesting links below along with a note of Estée’s other choices. If you have time add your comments and thoughts on this poem in the comments box at the end.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st 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.
LINKS – names of other Grade 8 pieces
Books (student offer available on books below- get £10 off on £40 spend)
- Poems by Louis MacNeice << here >>
- How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran << here >>
- The complete Sonnets & Poems by Shakespeare << here >>