Seasons of Being

Today is also the date, I’m told, that Shakespeare’s Sonnets were first published. If you want to know how to use seasons and weather figuratively to describe various aspects of the human condition, you will find no better textbook than the Sonnets. “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate” That time of year thou may’st in me behold / when yellow leaves, or few, or none to hang / upon the bough that shakes against the cold.” And on and on. Plus, even if you don’t understand everything he’s saying, they just sound great.

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