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It’s National Poetry Month, so we decided to celebrate by sharing this clip of David Tennant reciting a sultry, Shakespearean sonnet (try saying that five times fast). Best known as the 10th Doctor on the British TV series Doctor Who, Tennant breathes life into Sonnet 126, “O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power.” Watch the video and follow along with the poem below.
Sonnet 126 by William Shakespeare
O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
Dost hold Time’s fickle glass, his sickle, hour;
Who hast by waning grown, and therein showest
Thy lovers withering, as thy sweet self growest.
If Nature, sovereign mistress over wrack,
As thou goest onwards still will pluck thee back,
She keeps thee to this purpose, that her skill
May time disgrace and wretched minutes kill.
Yet fear her, O thou minion of her pleasure!
She may detain, but not still keep, her treasure:
Her audit (though delayed) answered must be,
And her quietus is to render thee.
National Poetry Month celebrates poetry during the month of April. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, its purpose is to “increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.” Learn more at Poets.org.
*Yes, those empty brackets are supposed to be there. No one understands their significance, but a theory suggests the lines referenced the true identity of the “fair youth,” so Shakespeare’s editor removed them.