• "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

    Thou art more lovely and more temperate."

    - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVIII

  • We enjoy modern technology. We embrace its convenience. Our lives are enveloped in the constant hum of cell phones, televisions, automobiles, the Internet.
  • The world is filled with opportunity. Communication has never been easier. In today's society, you can saturate your life without ever encountering a single difficulty.
  • That wasn't always the case.
  • Shakespeare wrote Sonnet 18 about 400 years ago. In those days, you married young, you worked endlessly, you had very little time to sit back and enjoy life. Communication was limited to those who lived nearby.
  • "And this our life exempt from public haunt

    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

    Sermons in stones and good in every thing."

    - As You Like It, Act II, Scene I

  • Shakespeare found romance in that lifestyle. He was able to stop for a moment and convey the beauty of a warm, peaceful summer afternoon, a soft breeze gently rustling leaves.
  • He had the opportunity to spend his life sharing his observations, at a time when perhaps the only true choice someone had was in marriage. When romance with your spouse or (as we call it in the modern age) significant other was all that broke the monotony of the day.
  • "They look into the beauty of thy mind,

    And that, in guess, they measure by thy deeds."

    - Sonnet LXIX

  • The Ultimate Romance Test comes straight from The Bard's extensive collection of wisdom.
  • You will read 20 of Shakespeare's most romatic quotes. Don't worry, this isn't a quiz asking you to remember who said what, and where or when it happened. I'll leave that to the English professors amongst us.
  • All you need to do is turn off your television, put your cell down for a few moments, and reflect upon each quote. Let me know how the words affect you.
  • At the end of the test, I'll let you know your romance quotient and offer some advice straight from The Bard himself.