“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1, Scene 1
It is officially the season of love! There have been many playwrights that focused on love, romance, and passion, but none have so beautifully expressed these feelings as William Shakespeare. During his career, he wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets. When actors performed his plays during the Renaissance or the Elizabethan Age, they had lovely costumes and props. Props are what we in theatre call the objects an actor uses to help them tell a story! Below you can read one of Shakespeare’s most well-known sonnets to get you in the spirit and click here for directions to make a paper flower prop for your loved one this Valentine’s Day!
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
-William Shakespeare (Sonnet 18)