We missed Talitha, and five other readers who were absent for unavoidable reasons. But here we are at the end, smiling with our guest, Reuben, who took many of the pictures at this session.
|I engraft you new|
Explicit horticultural imagery is used as a metaphor for the youth planting his seed in maidens (i.e., gardens yet unset) ready to bear his children. And the poet confesses his poor pen cannot bring the youth a second life as beauteous as an heir would bear. And in a paradox he urges
The International Shakespeare Center at Santa Fe has placed online a production of this fervent speech at
Then next sonnet in the sequence, No. 98, is also an Absence sonnet, which begins
From you have I been absent in the spring,
and as in No. 97 the poet compares the absence to winter in the penultimate line:
Yet seem'd it winter still, and, you away,