Tuesday, February 20, 2007

On the Limitations of Language...Even Shakespeare's Language

Who will believe my verse in time to come
If it were filled with your most high deserts?

Though yet, heaven knows, it is but as a tomb

Which hides your life, and shows not half your parts.

If I could write the beauty of your eyes

And in fresh numbers number all your graces,

The age to come would say "This poet lies;

Such heavenly touches ne'er touched earthly faces."

So should my papers, yellowed with their age,

Be scorned, like old men of less truth than tongue,

And your true rights be termed a poet's rage

And stretched metre of an antique song.

But were some child of yours alive that time,

You should live twice: in it, and in my rhyme.

(Sonnet 17, Shakespeare)