Every so often bits & pieces from Shakespeare, ususlly out of any
context, keep popping up in my memory. Currently (I don't remember where
the line breaks are) this: "Daffodils, that come before the swallow
dares, and take the winds of March with beauty." One does not, it seems
to me, find such powerful isolated phrases in other poets than
Shakespeare. Sort of curious. I'm not sure in what the impact of this
passage lies, perhaps in the conceit of "taking" the wind. Also a couple
lines (context forgotten but I think the play is Cymbeline) from a song:
"Fear no more the heat o'the sun, Or the furious winter's rages." I'm
not sure about the next two lines, but I think this is close: "Thou thy
[something] hath done / Home hath gone & ta'en thy wages." I hesitate to
atttempt to gloss the monetization of a whole life's meaning. I think
only Shakespeare would dare do that.
It takes some 14 thousand previous lines to give such force to Milton's
They hand in hand with wandring steps and slow,
Through Eden took thir solitarie way.
Though the wonderful (wandering!) syntax of the lines does have its own
magic, but still depends more on context than the lines quoted above
Yeats at his best also, like Milton, reequires context:
Their eyes, their ancient glittering eyes, are gay.
I think one has to remember the whole of Lapis Lazuli to feel the full
force of this.