“a spirit of youth in every thing”

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

—- Sonnet 98, William Shakespeare

Spring, by William Adolphe Bouguereau:

3 thoughts on ““a spirit of youth in every thing”

  1. Wow – I usually skip over poetry as fast as my eyes can carry me, but I made myself read this one through, and when I didn’t understand it by doing that, made myself read it out loud. My goodness, Shakespeare had it bad for whoever this was for!

    • artmodel says:

      Kimberly, yes it sure sounds like he did 🙂

      Reading poetry aloud helps a lot with comprehension. Especially with Shakespeare.

      Thanks for your comments!


  2. Jennifer says:

    It certainly must have been something to have been pined after by Shakespeare! A nice Bouguereau to accompany it 🙂

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