Shawn L. Bird

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Shall I compare thee July 4, 2012

Filed under: Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:02 am
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I know.  School is over the year.  But still, when you come across something this great, you just have to share.  🙂  The referenced poem is at the bottom, just in case you wanted it.

SONNET 18.  William Shakespeare
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 dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest 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.

etymology June 28, 2012

Filed under: Commentary,Teaching,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:34 am
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Now, it might just be because I’m a nerdy English teacher, but I LOVE word etymology.  I find it quite fascinating to explore the history of word origins.  Imagine my delight to find a comic that shares some of this fascination!  Check out a chapter in the life of Etymology Man from!


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