This page is dedicated to Shakespeare’s sonnets. You will find the original sonnet side-by-side with my modern English paraphrase.

Shakespeare’s sonnet 1 – From fairest creatures we desire increase (Shakespeare advises the fair youth to not be self-centered, but rather to reproduce and keep the rose of beauty alive.)

Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 – Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Shakespeare says that, although the youth’s beauty may fade and the youth may slip away from this world, he will live on through Shakespeare’s poem.)

Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 – My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun (Shakespeare says that his lover’s physical features are nothing extraordinary, but he concludes that his lover is second to none.)