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That Time of Year – Shakespeare (Sonnet 73) by Jennifer Ridley

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From exploring the nature of poetry and lyrics I feel Shakespeare is a very important figure in writing. Over the last few years I have spent time studying the relationship between these two elements and feel that his prose has had a significant impact on the way in which we write and express ourselves today.

I began to notice the musicality of Shakespeare from studying and reading his sonnets and songs. I became particularly aware of the delicate emotive prose, the structures, rhyme schemes and phrase movements. I decided to work from a Classical/Folk direction being careful to arrange the music to retain the beauty of the text whilst enhancing this with instrumental arrangements.

The piece I have chosen to share is, “That Time of Year” Sonnet 73.The text of this sonnet illustrates Shakespeare’s views on life, expressing his experiences using the metaphors of nature to explain the inevitable path of existence leading to old age and eventually moving towards death.

Similar to the lyricists and writers of today, I feel that Shakespeare has been able to gracefully create imagery and themes that are able to transcend and capture audiences of generations.

That Time of Year – Sonnet 73


That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang

Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,

Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou see’st the twilight of such day

As after sunset fadeth in the west;

Which by and by black night doth take away,

Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.

In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,

That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,

As the deathbed whereon it must expire,

Consumed with that which it was nourished by.

This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

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  • Nisha

    WOW Jenny!! Just gorgeous! Good music to cry to. Where’s the replay button??

    • Jenny_ridley

      Thank you so much that’s lovely of you to say, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Lilyboo2

    Just beautiful!  I just finished reading all the Shakespeare plays again (I’m 62) .  Loved them even more than in H.S. and college! (Friend of your Aunt Linda).

    • Jenny_ridley

      Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Shakespeare is wonderful to read! 

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