‘Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate:’ These are two lines from ‘Sonnet 18’ by William Shakespeare.
I never imagined myself becoming the Editor-in-Chief of The Sookmyung Times. Saying that, I never imagined ever writing a letter to its readers, so after summer training, realization that I had to step up to the challenge of being editor-in-chief and writing a letter of issue introduction truly hit me.
I love writing about culture, so I pondered deeply how to start this piece. I reviewed pieces written by former editor-in-chiefs and considered using lines from <I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)> or <Call Me by Your Name (2017)>. However, I finally decided to use Shakespeare’s work. While many literary academics have analyzed the sonnet, I am not one of those, nor do I major in English Language and Literature. Still, I appreciate the powerful statement. Personally, the last two lines of the sonnet are the most eloquent for me: So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
These lines show the power of writing. Like Shakespeare’s words, ‘And every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimmed’, words spread through the air and fade away like lovely summer days. However, they remain and capture the eternal summer when recorded. I am always impressed by the immortal nature of writing and weight of it when I write an article. When the article is published on paper and posted on our website, I believe the written word comes alive in the minds of readers. Also, reading breathes life into a written text’s theme. Sonnet 18 is a perfect example. Writing has a completely new life when it is read. Over the summer, all SMT reporters devoted their summer days to creating passionate pieces. We read and discussed each reporter’s piece, and we decided not to incorporate huge change this year, but to fix minor problems with the magazine. We also decided to try something new in ‘Head to Head’. We hope that you enjoy the articles and topics we focused on with you in mind. Dear SMT readers, we hope you continue to read, enjoy, and breathe life into our work!