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Sonnet 1

An outstanding biography with a poet's insight
Read by Claire Marchionne
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Peter Levi: "The sonnets begin playfully and intimately but with the extraordinary beauty that only Shakespeare has mastered." Peter Levi's is an outstanding biography with a poet's insight.

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:
But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
And tender churl mak'st waste in niggarding:
  Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
  To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

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