LoveNotes

Send a LoveNote this Valentine’s Day!
For a minimum $10 donation, the Hoosier Shakes artist of your choice below will perform and record a Shakespeare Sonnet of your choosing, along with a brief personal message to your loved one.

What are the Shakespeare Sonnets?

The sonnets are a series of more than 150 love poems written by Shakespeare. They are surrounded in mystery, as they described a love triangle between the author, an older man, and a “dark lady.” Who the people were and their precise relationship remain unknown, and their publication appears to have been without the permission of Shakespeare. However, the legacy of these poems has been 400 years of inspiring love!

Pick any Sonnet you like, or choose from three of our favorites below:

In Sonnet 18, the author says that their loved one is more beautiful than anything in nature! And that though a beautiful summer day fades away, their beauty will be eternal, because it has been immortalized by this poem.

In Sonnet 29, a poem as appropriate in 2021 as it was in 1594, the author dwells on all the failures, frustrations, and disappointments of their life, but with the thought of their loved one, they are lifted out of depression and into peace and contentment!

In Sonnet 138, the author gives a sly wink to the “lies” they and their loved one tell each other in the course of a relationship. She tells him he is not growing old and, though both know it is not true, they each take comfort in their manufactured reality.

Sonnet 18

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 dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;

Nor shall death brag thou wander’st 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.