William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

A Madrigal - Poem by William Shakespeare

Crabbed Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn,
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare:
Youth is full of sports,
Age's breath is short,
Youth is nimble, Age is lame:
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold,
Youth is wild, and Age is tame:-
Age, I do abhor thee;
Youth, I do adore thee;
O! my Love, my Love is young!
Age, I do defy thee-
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay'st too long.


Comments about A Madrigal by William Shakespeare

  • Gold Star - 5,556 Points Rajesh Thankappan (1/2/2015 9:49:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem from the greatest one. (Report) Reply

    5 person liked.
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  • Gold Star - 8,045 Points Herbert Guitang (9/8/2014 1:08:00 PM)

    A simplicity with a wonderful and perfect beauty.
    I love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,014 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/3/2014 5:47:00 AM)

    Now crabbed aged ones are in old age homes
    Left by the younger gen too busy to love or care
    And look into wrinkled eyes and hold arthritic hands
    But left to walk into the sunset so alone and so bare.........

    I welcome all ye who readeth this to my page too........... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:37:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,355 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:41:00 AM)

    Man his growth factor and calculated as age and different stages of life are a valuable subject for the greatest poet of English language and most interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 574 Points Zoila T. Flores (3/15/2014 8:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem, but is more beautiful to understand it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,689 Points * Sunprincess * (10/6/2012 2:59:00 AM)

    sure he loved youth and she loved him too.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 133 Points Allemagne Roßmann (9/29/2012 2:19:00 PM)

    Perhaps they come together when there is tolerance.Not always is a categorisation that has to be socially accepted. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Oludipe Oyin Samuel (6/9/2012 3:57:00 AM)

    Great reflection from the don himself. Youth and age; a parallel truly (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010



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