I don’t have a favourite Shakespeare poem, but this is probably his most famous and a lovely poem at that. Learnt it as part of the Literature Component for English 1119 SPM.
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 dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By change, or nature’s changing course, umtrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wand’rest 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.
The thing about sonnets is that the first twelve lines are pretty meaningless without the ending couplet. So why not just write couplets instead of sonnets?
Ah, don’t mind me, I’m just being asinine.