Shakespeare Sonnet 11 - Along with Modern English Version and a Little Discussion | How lovely it is to have children!

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Shakespeare Sonnet 11

As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow’st
In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow’st
Thou mayst call thine when thou from youth convertest.
Herein lives wisdom, beauty, and increase;
Without this, folly, age, and cold decay.
If all were minded so, the times should cease,
And threescore year would make the world away.
Let those whom nature hath not made for store,
Harsh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish.
Look whom she best endowed, she gave the more,
Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish.
She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby
Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.

Modern English

Even if you will fade away from this world, you will still prosper
For your child, a copy of yours will remain living.
And to the grown child which was born when your were young, you could call your own, when you're not young;
In procreation lie the beauty and the wisdom
Without that, there's nothing but emptiness and the cold feeling felt at the arrival of death
If others gave it no meaning, the continuation of the human kind would cease to exist
And the world would come to an end in 60 years
The ones who are not given the ability to reproduce are doomed to die childless
And the ones who can, won't cease to exist when they die
You're an engraving, make copies of you
Before it's too late, and you die

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Discussion

As you might have noticed if you read more of Shakespeare's poems, many of them discuss the importance of reproduction. Because like that, one could preserve his/her beauty in the forms of his/her offspring.
I think the main idea of Shakespeare on procreation is true and gives a meaning for life.
What do you think? Maybe Shakespeare over-stressed the importance of reproduction? Let me know please!

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