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Compare/Contrast 2 poems

Compare/Contrast 2 poems

by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun (1609)

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;

Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;

If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

I have seen roses damasked, red and white,

But no such roses see I in her cheeks;

And in some perfumes is there more delight

Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.

I love to hear her speak, yet well I know

That music hath a far more pleasing sound;

I grant I never saw a goddess go;

My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare

As any she belied with false compare.

George Bradley (1953-)


It makes one all right, though you hadn’t thought of it,

A sound like the sound of the sky on fire, like Armageddon,

Whistling and crackling, the explosions of sunlight booming

As the huge mass of gas rages into the emptiness around it.

It isn’t a sound you are often aware of, though the light speeds

To us in seconds, each dawn leaping easily across a chasm

Of space that swallows the sound of that sphere, but

If you listen closely some morning, when the sun swells

Over the horizon and the world is still and still asleep,

You might hear it, a faint noise so far inside your mind

That it must come from somewhere, from light rushing to darkness,

Energy burning towards entropy, towards a peaceful solution,

Burning brilliantly, spontaneously, in the middle of nowhere,

And you, too, must make a sound that is somewhat like it,

Though that, of course, you have no way of hearing at all.

Last Updated on February 11, 2019

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