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"That time of year thou may'st in me behold..."

Sonnet 73 is perhaps the single most popular of all Shakespeare’s poems. It is certifiably the most anthologized, coming in at number four on The Top One Hundred Poems in English as compiled by The Concise Columbia Book of Poetry.

A meditation on mortality, this beautiful bummer of a sonnet was written when Shakespeare was not yet thirty - but that was on the Elizabethan scale of life expectancy, do keep in mind.

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

Running time: one minute and sixteen seconds