Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

The title of one of Wilhelm’s best-known novels comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet LXXIII, quoted in full below. As you read (or, hopefully, re-read) the stories for tomorrow, I hope you’ll think up some questions for Wilhelm, who’ll be visiting our class.

Sonnet LXXIII

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed, whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourish’d by.
   This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
   To love that well, which thou must leave ere long.

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About cstabile

Carol Stabile is a founding member of Fembot , an online collaboration of scholars conducting research on gender, new media, and technology. She teaches at the University of Oregon. View all posts by cstabile

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