Little Shakespeare

My sweet daughter is on the move – and, of course, is obsessed with my books. She is always pulling them off the bookshelf. Instead of moving the books out of her reach, I have decided to indulge her interest by reading her a Shakespeare sonnet a day.  

We are only about a week in, but so far, I have learned: 

  1. Keira likes when I read to her, but she is NOT overly impressed with Shakespeare. The first sonnet we read, she acted appalled that I was making her sit through it. Then, when I finished the sonnet and said it was time to interpret the meaning, she got so offended that she turned to her Gammy for support. Despite her annoyance, I am pressing on with the plan. There must be a reason she keeps pulling that particular book off the shelf, right? 
  1. Shakespeare is weirdly preoccupied with procreation. The earlier sonnets are mostly about preserving your beauty by passing it on to your offspring. I knew that many of his sonnets focused on beauty, but, honestly, I wonder how disappointed he would give that I waited until my thirties to have a child – and that she looks more like her daddy than me.  
  1. Shakespeare is kind of a misogynistic at times, but… yeah… I still like his work.  

Though the below line deviates from the theme of passing along ones looks through procreation, it’s a beautiful line and I had to share it. 

Making a famine where abundance lies,  

Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.

My interpretation: Recognize your worth and be kind to yourself. 

I’m sure there will be some sonnets we like more than others, but I am more than a little delighted that Keira will be able to say that she has read all Shakespeare’s sonnets before age 1. 


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