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A Sonnet Inspired by Shakespeare

  • 18 July 2023

Ben from Wolverhampton u3a shares a sonnet he wrote to his wife in his Brush Up Your Shakespeare group.

A man writing a sonnet

The Wolverhampton Brush Up Your Shakespeare group recently had a go at writing sonnets. This was my effort, to my now-wife. (And very happy we are too!)

 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and much prettier.
When this thing started, back a year last May, I thought it wise to be less wittier.
When we both worked together, more or less for free, We were but friends, if often rebels too.
We shared a joke when drinking up our tea, and I told you I was but forty-two!
But love will out and once you first relented, Our previous lives soon faded into mist;
And to my swift proposal you consented, So willingly to finish off my wifely list.
The table’s laid, the house is stacked with booze, Let’s run away and take that Saga cruise!



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