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" How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower? O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor gates of steel so strong, but... "
The Works of William Shakespeare... - Page 200
by William Shakespeare - 1907
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The Mutual Flame: On Shakespeare's Sonnets and The Phoenix and the Turtle

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 233 pages
...also, like the rose-bud, fragile and short-lived. In a world of hostile forces, mortality and decay, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea Whose action is no stronger than a flower? (65) 'Beauty' means 'youthful beauty', and so to imagine the boy at forty years old is equivalent to...
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Cognitive Poetics in Practice

Reader in Literary Linguistics Joanna Gavins, Joanna Gavins, Gerard Steen - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2003 - 188 pages
...times of your desire? (Shakespeare, Sonnet 57) 6 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'ersways their power, How with...how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wreckful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor gates of steel so strong...
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The Cambridge Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare criticism

Catherine M. S. Alexander - Drama - 2003 - 3 pages
...and Cressida, edited HN Hillebrand and TW Baldwin (Philadelphia. 1953), pp. JS2, 554, 520, 522, 523. Against the wrackful siege of battering days, When...stout, Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? The poet protests that he will remain constant despite Time with his scythe, and proclaims that: Love's...
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Masterclass American & British Literature

English language - 2005
...falls into three quatrains and one final couplet. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea But sad mortality o'er-sways their power, How with...how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wreckful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor gates of steel so strong,...
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Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets

J. B. Leishman - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 254 pages
...cost of outworn buried age; and 65, beginning: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'er-sways their power. How with...a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower? * Since the exhortations to marriage, with which the sequence presumably began, are soon dropped and...
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Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal

Daniel Kornstein - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 274 pages
...Shakespeare's Sonnet 65: O how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful seige of battring days When rocks impregnable are not so stout, Nor...so strong, but time decays? O fearful meditation! Where, alack, Shall time's best jewel from time's chest lie hid? Or what strong hand can hold his swift...
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Impulse Archaeology

Eldon Garnet - Social Science - 2005 - 271 pages
...the room, and swallowing hard. "Sit down dear," she beams, "Now here is your test result ...." 1 8. "How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower?" (Shakespeare Sonnet no. 65) Simon Watney chairs the policy committee of the Terrence Higgins Trust,...
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Shakespeare's Sonnets Re-done

Bruce Hamilton - Poetry - 2005 - 160 pages
...can summer's honeyed breath hold out against the wreckful siege of gloomy days when even mighty rocks are not so stout, nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? O fearful meditation! Where, O where!, can Time's best jewels from Time's clutch be hid? Or, what strong hand can turn Time's...
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The Napkin Manuscripts: Selected Essays and an Interview

Michael McFee - Literary Collections - 2006 - 207 pages
...Donne's words, made one little room an everywhere. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'ersways their power, How with...Whose action is no stronger than a flower? . . . O none, unless this miracle have might, That in black ink my love may still shine bright. Sometimes poets...
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Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 704 pages
...beloved may always 148 Shakespeare's Sonnets 149 65 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea But sad mortality o'ersways their power, How with...a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower? 4 O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of batt'ring days, When rocks...
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