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,
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Comments about A Madrigal by William Shakespeare

  • Joshua Guillory Joshua Guillory (4/12/2016 8:56:00 AM)

    Thanks poem hunter for sharing!
    Exceptional poem!

    Sir Francis Bacon Essay On Youth And Age as follows:

    A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. But that happeneth rarely. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second. For there is a youth in thoughts, as well as in ages. And yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old; and imaginations stream into their minds better, and as it were more divinely. Natures that have much heat and great and violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for action till they have passed the meridian of their years; as it was with Julius Caesar, and Septimius Severus. Of the latter of whom it is said, Juventutem egit erroribus, imo furoribus, plenum1. And yet he was the ablest emperor, almost, of all the list. But reposed natures may do well in youth. As it is seen in Augustus Caesar, Cosmus Duke of Florence, Gaston de Foix, and others. On the other side, heat and vivacity in age is an excellent composition for business. Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business. For the experience of age, in things that fall within the compass of it, directeth them; but in new things, abuseth them. The errors of young men are the ruin of business; but the errors of aged men amount but to this, that more might have been done, or sooner.

    Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold; stir more than they can quiet; fly to the end, without consideration of the means and degrees; pursue some few principles which they have chanced upon absurdly; care not to innovate, which draws unknown inconveniences; use extreme remedies at first; and that which doubleth all errors, will not acknowledge or retract them; like an unready horse, that will neither stop nor turn. Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. Certainly it is good to compound employments of both; for that will be good for the present, because the virtues of either age may correct the defects of both; and good for succession, that young men may be learners, while men in age are actors; and, lastly, good for extern accidents, because authority followeth old men, and favour and popularity youth. But for the moral part, perhaps youth will have the pre-eminence, as age hath for the politic. A certain rabbin, upon the text, Your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, inferreth that young men are admitted nearer to God than old, because vision is a clearer revelation than a dream. And certainly, the more a man drinketh of the world, the more it intoxicateth; and age doth profit rather in the powers of understanding, than in the virtues of the will and affections. There be some have an over-early ripeness in their years, which fadeth betimes. These are, first, such as have brittle wits, the edge whereof is soon turned; such as was Hermogenes the rhetorician, whose books are exceeding subtle; who afterwards waxed stupid. A second sort is of those that have some natural dispositions which have better grace in youth than in age; such as is a fluent and luxuriant speech; which becomes youth well, but not age: so Tully saith of Hortensius, Idem manebat, neque idem decebat2. The third is of such as take too high a strain at the first, and are magnanimous more than tract of years can uphold. As was Scipio Africanus, of whom Livy saith in effect, Ultima primis cedebant3. (Report) Reply

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  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (4/12/2016 7:47:00 AM)

    Youth and age are two matters not matching together it seems according to Shakespeare! Youth is like heart ever romantic but age is like winter cold to go according to heart's desire! (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (4/12/2016 5:59:00 AM)

    Yes it is a bitter fact.A nice poem! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (4/12/2016 1:17:00 AM)

    Age is full of care! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/23/2015 12:03:00 PM)

    Madrigal is a secular form of music often used as a partsong. It was very popular during the time of Renaissance. It was polyphonic and usually unaccompanied, since it used a plenty of voices. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/23/2015 12:01:00 PM)

    Shakespeare compares Youth and “Crabbed age” (old age) . He describes them as a couple which cannot live together since they are the complete opposites of each other. While Youth id careless, summer-like and healthy, Age is weak, sad and has “short breath”. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (11/17/2015 8:53:00 PM)

    .....an excellent write and so true ★ (Report) Reply

  • Anjana Sk Anjana Sk (9/25/2015 1:57:00 PM)

    love this one though simple its beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan Rajesh Thankappan (1/2/2015 9:49:00 AM)

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

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (9/8/2014 1:08:00 PM)

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

  • 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

  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:37:00 AM)

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Allemagne Roßmann 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

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel 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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