And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,

Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,

From sullen earth) sings hymns at heavens gate;

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings

That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

An introduction to the greatest English language poet and playwright.

Song of the Witches:Double, double toil and trouble

Sonnet 15: When I consider everything that grows

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summers day?

Sonnet 19: Devouring Time, blunt thou the lions paws

Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and mens eyes

While William Shakespeares reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of theSonnets(1609), quarried since the early 19th century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed…