Titles from THE SONNETS

One candidate for the Dark Lady of the Sonnets
Anonymous: Mary Fitton


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 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 untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
      So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
      So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
  • H. E. Bates: The Darling Buds of May: The Pop Larkin Chronicles
  • Dorothy Cunynghame: Summer's Lease
  • John Mortimer: Summer's Lease
  • Celia Larner: Summer's Lease
  • Jill Hoyle: Summer's Lease
  • Norman Fincher: Summer's Lease
  • Margaret Malcolm: Summer's Lease
  • E. Arnot Robertson: Summer's Lease
  • Winifred Howe: Summer's Lease: A Play in Three Acts
  • Sir John Rothenstein: Summer's Lease: Autobiography, 1901-1938
  • Marilyn Sachs: A Summer's Lease
  • Michelle Reid: Eye of Heaven
  • Susan Ertz: The Eye of Heaven: A Narrative Poem
  • Allen Sharp: The Eye of Heaven: Can You Save the Victim of a Web of Mystery?
  • Owen Gingerich: The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler
  • Paula Reese, ed.: Sun: In Praise of the Golden Eye of Heaven
  • Anne Hampson: Eternal Summer
  • Curt Sampson: The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year
  • Ralph Barker: That Eternal summer: Unknown Stories from the Battle of Britain
  • #26

    'Till whatsoever star that guides my moving
    Points on me graciously with fair aspect,
    And puts apparel on my tatter'd loving,
    To show me worthy of thy sweet respect.
  • Phyllis Bottome: Tatter'd Loving
  • Angela Wells: Tattered Loving
  • George R. Preedy: My Tattered Loving
  • #29

    When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
    I all alone beweep my outcast state
    And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
    And look upon myself and curse my fate,
    Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
    Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
    Desiring this man's art and that man's scope,
    With what I most enjoy contented least;
    Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
    Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
    Like to the lark at break of day arising
    From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
          For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth
          That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
  • John Herbert: Fortune and Men's Eyes
  • G. Cronyn: Fortune and Men's Eyes
  • Dewey Ganzel: Fortune and Men's Eyes: The Career of John Payne Collier
  • S. D. Jones: Fortune in Men's Eyes
  • Wayne D. Phipps: And Trouble Deaf Heaven
  • Brenda Fleet: Sullen Earth
  • Erin Yorke: Heaven's Gate
  • Ada M. Trotter: Heaven's Gate: A Story of the Forest of Dean
  • Robert Penn Warren: At Heaven's Gate
  • Laurence Price: A Key to Open Heaven's Gate; or, A Ready Path-way to Lead to Heaven
  • Hazel McElhany Green & Norma R. Youngberg: Hymns at Heaven's Gate: The Story of George Greer, Choirmaster
  • Lillian Hyatt: Bonfires at Heaven's Gate: A Biography of Dr. David Hyatt
  • William Henry: The Keepers of Heaven's Gate: The Millenial Madness: The Religion behind the Rancho Santa Fe Suicides
  • Brad Steiger: Inside Heaven's Gate: The UFO Cult Leaders Tell Their Story in Their Own Words
  • Amber Coverdale Sumrall & Patrice Vecchione, eds.: Storming Heaven's Gate: An Anthology of Spiritual Writings by Women
  • #116

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O, no! It is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose worth's unknown, although his height be
    Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle's compass comes;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
          If this be error and upon me proved,
          I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
  • Jean Ure: Marriage of True Minds
  • Dilys Gold, ed.: A Marriage of True Minds: Walt Whitman to Dora
  • George Spater: A Marriage of True Minds: An Intimate Portrait of Leonard and Virginia Woolf
  • N. Brysson Morrison: True Minds: The Marriage of Thomas & Jane Carlyle
  • Grant Carrington: Time's Fool
  • Patricia Veryan: Time's Fool
  • Judson Jerome: Time's Fool: A Story in Sonnets
  • Stanley Middleton: Brief Hours
  • Leo Brady: The Edge of Doom
  • Martin Hare: If This Be Error
  • Betty Askwith: If This Be Error
  • #128

    Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
    Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.
  • Charlotte Mann: Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens
  • #129

    Th' expense of sprit in a waste of shame
    Is lust in action; and, till action, lust
    Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
    Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
    Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight,
    Past reason hunted, and, no sooner had,
    Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait
    On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
    Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
    Had, having and in quest to have, extreme;
    A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
    Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
          All this the world well knows, yet none knows well
          To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
  • Lafayette Haymaker: Expense of Spirit
  • L. Leiter: Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame: Motif, Montage, and Structure in Noon Wine
  • Edward T. McNamara: A Waste of Shame
  • George Turner: A Waste of Shame
  • John Glassco: Lust in Action
  • Peter Robinson: Past Reason Hated
  • Violette Leduc: Mad in Pursuit
  • T. H. White: A Joy Proposed: Poems
  • #130

    My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun.
  • Anthony Burgess: Nothing Like the Sun
  • #144

    Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
    Which like two spirits do suggest me still:
    The better angel is a man right fair,
    The worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
  • Owen Pitman: Two Loves I Have
  • Frank Ronan: Better Angel
  • Richard Meeker: Better Angel
  • Larry Bograd: The Better Angel
  • Roy Morris, Jr.: The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War
  • Richard Henry Little: Better Angels
  • Howard Hendrix: Better Angels
  • Andrew Herman: "Better Angels" of Capitalism: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Moral Identity among Men of the American Upper Class
  • Shakespeare Quiz Sonnet Quiz


    Last updated 22 February 2003.