Full Fadom Fiue Thy Father Lies

By William Shakespeare 1564–1616 William Shakespeare
Full fadom five thy Father lies,
      Of his bones are Corrall made:
Those are pearles that were his eies,
      Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a Sea-change
Into something rich, & strange:
Sea-Nimphs hourly ring his knell.
         ding-dong.
Harke now I heare them, ding-dong, bell.

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Poet William Shakespeare 1564–1616

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Nature, Death

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While William Shakespeare's reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet. With the partial exception of the Sonnets (1609), quarried since the early nineteenth century for autobiographical secrets allegedly encoded in them, the nondramatic writings have traditionally been pushed to the margins of the Shakespeare industry. Yet the study of his nondramatic poetry can illuminate Shakespeare's . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Nature, Death

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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