The eighth of November, 2010: Love’s love lovely loves

Shakespeare’s sonnets. The right words, just not necessarily in the right order.

This is a visualisation (or wordcloud) of the Sonnets posted by one waifnstray at IBM’s Many Eyes site. I’ve seen the same sort of thing at Wordle.

These things are an interesting way of interpreting data (we have more data than ever, so new ways of looking at it/them are always welcome) and also a boon for the very bored.

An actual sonnet with the words in the right order, to finish with:

Let not my love be call’d idolatry,

Nor my beloved as an idol show,

Since all alike my songs and praises be

To one, of one, still such, and ever so.

Kind is my love to-day, to-morrow kind,

Still constant in a wondrous excellence;

Therefore my verse to constancy confined,

One thing expressing, leaves out difference.

‘Fair, kind and true’ is all my argument,

‘Fair, kind, and true’ varying to other words;

And in this change is my invention spent,

Three themes in one, which wondrous scope affords.

‘Fair, kind, and true,’ have often lived alone,

Which three till now never kept seat in one.

That’s Sonnet 105.


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