Shall I Compare Thee to a Winter's Night?

Shall I Compare Thee to a Winter's Night?

A Poem by Tea And A Cheshire Smile

A parody of "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"


Shall I compare thee to a winter's night?

For thou art more cold, more chilling and dark

Cold and harsh, starv'd of warmth and short of light

The reign of winter will certain leave mark

Sometime so cold the eye of heaven mask'd

And often stolen is his warmth sublime

But even winter's cruel can be task'd

To cool passion with the cold truth in time;

But yours, too cold a heart may fain be shunn'd

A barren land where shoots of love daren't grow

And, alas, poor Cupid's arrow is stunn'd

By the cruel grasp of December's snow

And so from winter's harshness shall we learn

That even ice, in hell, shall surely burn

© 2010 Tea And A Cheshire Smile

Author's Note

Tea And A Cheshire Smile
This was a school project actually. We had to write our own sonnets, preferably by writing a parody of one. I was going to do a funny parody of "Shall I Compare Thee To a Summers Day", but I had writer's block. In the end I just wrote whatever I could before the deadline ^^ I kept with the Shakespearian rhyme scheme.

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liked this a lot

Posted 11 Years Ago

Excellent use of the format and a great description.

Posted 12 Years Ago

It's always good to see 21st century try to imitate ancient English, if that was the phrase, at a time where the best humour was puns, yes, people actually found puns hilariously funny in those days.

You've really wrote this poem now. It's so good the only thing you could change is to put really old words in that nobody knows what on earth they mean but what would be the point of that? The poem is perfect.

This poem could even be expanded to be like a story where the narrator poets everything that goes on like one of those fantasy stories. I've favourited it.

Posted 12 Years Ago

What an excellent poem, I've met a few hearts such as this. The imagery and emotions of this poem were stunning.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Interesting write. It's very good, since it's a parody to an existing sonnet. I like the way you changed the seasons! Keep it up!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Very interesting idea to write a parody of an existing sonnet. I do like the way you turned the summer into winter in this poem.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I love it. I can use this poem to define a lot of people I know....and you may be the next Shakespearean writers :D (Not a TV show) Keep up the good work.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Nice work! You really grabbed the original meaning and twisted it. The form is great, especially the last couplet.

Posted 12 Years Ago

Loved the language,imagery, and irony of this. Then I read your Author's Note. Now, knowing it was a rewrite, I don't know where the original writing ends and your rewrite begins. This takes away from your presenting it here.

Posted 12 Years Ago

This was brilliantly written. Really. Beautiful.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on May 28, 2010
Last Updated on July 5, 2010
Tags: Shakespeare, Sonnet


Tea And A Cheshire Smile
Tea And A Cheshire Smile

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