Weekly Interlinear Poem





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for the week of August 24.
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Robert Jackson

So Are You to My Thoughts as Food to Life
Sonnet No. 75


-William Shakespeare



So are you to my thoughts as food to life
Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground,
sweet-season'd=spring/summer
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
for the peace of you=for the sake of your peace
hold such strife=endure such conflict

As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found,
(miser=the poet)
Now proud as an enjoyer and anon
(the miser enjoys his wealth)
anon=right away

Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure,
doubting=fearing that
Now counting best to be with you alone,
counting best=counting it best
alone=by ourselves

Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure,
better'd=feeling better
Sometime all full with feasting on your sight
And by and by clean starved for a look,
by and by=soon
clean=totally
(starved=starv-ed - two syllables)
a look=a look at you

Possessing or pursuing no delight
Save what is had or must from you be took.
save=except
took=taken (not unusual in Shakespeare's time)

Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day
pine and surfeit=starve and overeat
Or gluttoning on all or all away.
Or . . . or=either . . . or
gluttoning=feeding gluttonously
all=all my treasure
away=inaccessible


So are you to my thoughts as food to life
Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground,
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found,
Now proud as an enjoyer and anon
Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure,
Now counting best to be with you alone,
Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure,
Sometime all full with feasting on your sight
And by and by clean starved for a look,
Possessing or pursuing no delight
Save what is had or must from you be took.
Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day
Or gluttoning on all or all away.