Poetry Friday: Sonnet 141- William Shakespeare/Katarina Stratford

Sonnet 141 William Shakespeare / Katarina Stratford 10 things I hate about you

It’s been a while since I last watched 10 things I hate about you. I honestly can’t remember when I watched it last. It’s one of those movies when I see it’s on tv, I always watch it. Any opportunity to watch Heath Ledger… Recently, a lot of actors I love have passed away. The latest of which was John Hurt. Heath Ledger’s death was the first celebrity death that really touched me. I can still see myself sitting on my bed in the room I was renting while I was studying at university. I cried. I cried a lot. To this day, I can’t believe that he’s not actually alive anymore.

Every once in a while, I think about the 10 things I hate about you poem. I pretty much know it by heart by now. It reminds me of my teenage years. It’s just so.. me..

About the poem:

In Sonnet 141, Shakespeare discusses his desires for the woman that conflict with what his senses tell him. He is aware of all of her physical flaws, does not enjoy her voice, smell, or touch, but his heart is still completely enthralled by her. His focus on sense is overwhelming in the poem, but his senses cannot prevent him from loving her. The pain he endures for loving her is soothing, and he feels like he is a slave to it.

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