Modern interpretations of Renaissance poetry


I know *I* need the modern interpretations. What were they writing about?

Originally posted on Valeri's poems & random thoughts :

this was VERY interesting, I know *I* have read Renaissance poetry and gone away scratching my head, asking myself, what did that poet mean?  


You remember how, in English class, you were told to dissect Renaissance poems (e.g. Shakespeare’s sonnets, Donne’s poems, etc.) word by word, letter by letter, and then close-analyze them and turn them inside out, in order to figure out their meaning(s)?

Yeah, well, that was then and this is now. It’s time for some real-life, relevant interpretations:

1. “Sonnet XVIII” by Willy Shakespeare

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 sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course…

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a FAB review of Freedom!

by Luna Ballantyne, Ingrid Hall (Goodreads Author)


Olivia M.‘s review

Oct 17, 14
Read in October, 2014

Luna Ballantyne’s Freedom, Book I of the Sensual Liaisons series, is a rollicking 4.5- or 4.75-star erotic romance that alternates between sultry and serious with the same aplomb that its plot travels from the uninhibited yet familiar world of 2014 to the unfamiliar yet equally sensual world of 1630s England.

As the novel opens, the newly divorced Zara is ready to celebrate her first night of freedom after five stultifying years of marriage. The once-shy blonde who married with stars in her eyes at the age of eighteen is happy to be rid of the dull and unfulfilling Pete, but she is still woefully inexperienced sexually. Therefore the long-haired siren, immaculately gowned and coiffed, heads out to Newcastle’s hottest nightclub with a gaggle of mischievous girlfriends…who have prepared for her a special kit of intimate sex toys that she is expected to use with some lucky man before the night is up. Through the drinking, dirty dancing, and good-natured double entendres, Zara works herself up to take the plunge into the almost innocently expressive carnality she deserves.

The man fate chooses for her, however, is one like no other: the Highwayman, a seventeenth-century rogue cursed, or perhaps both blessed and cursed, to become something of a time-traveling gigolo. Known in the twenty-first century as Max Fraser and in his own as Giraldo De Lograno, or the Bastard of Bilbao, the Highwayman is tall, dark, handsome, suavely enigmatic…and not only intimately skilled but also physically very well endowed. This mysterious yet lonely stranger is bound by the curse of a vengeful English lass hanged for witchcraft to roam the centuries, luring and satisfying woman after woman until he– Well, thereupon, of course, hinges the story that will more than merely one book to tell.

Freedom is by turns scorchingly hot and tenderly romantic, with passionate characters struggling to escape a centuries-old curse whose full import is still tantalizingly obscured. From the driving music of the raucous nightclub to the clang of sword upon sword or the cries of plague victims in old England, Ballantyne carries Zara and her man of mystery through a wonderfully naughty tale which whets the reader’s appetite for another book, and another…

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The Freedom Twitter Party will be starting at 4 pm (London time) 1hr 35 mins to go…@authoringrid ‪#‎thehighwayman‬


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Valeri Beers – Why We Write


hey! it’s Valeri Beers!

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Now, how is this for a fantastic sun hat being worn at a jaunty angle? Wise words on ‘Why We Write’ from Valeri Beers – enjoy!

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The Scriggler poetry challenge

I’m going to try this :)  (Valeri Beers)

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Autumn Poems That Prompt New Questions

“When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
“Autumn Grasses” by Margaret Gibson
“Fall” by Edward Hirsch
“Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
“Autumn” by Amy Lowell
“Under the Harvest Moon” by Carl Sandburg

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Summer poem – by Valeri Beers

Originally posted on Valeri's poems & random thoughts :

did you
so quickly?
it something

were you
your warmth?


This was written back in August 2004

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Do what Stephen King says!

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This is kinda scary

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Those librarians! :)


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