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Sonnets for Advent 24: Sonnet 146 This is Shakespeare’s most religious sonnet and is not unlike the conceit of John Donne’s ‘Death be not proud’. The poem is damaged and in need of emendation since the 1609 quarto repeats ‘my sinful earth’...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 23 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 23: Sonnet 138

This sonnet could easily be spoken by Antony about Cleopatra and their ‘age in love.’ It doesn’t take long for ‘simple truth’ not only to be suppressed, but changed into a web of lies. The poet pretends to believe his ‘love’...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 22 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 22: Sonnet 136

The Cobbe Portrait of William Shakespeare Sonnet 136 seems to cry out to be read biographically, ending as it does with the poet’s name: ‘my name is Will’. But the abbreviated form of ‘William’ was a word highly associated...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 21 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 21: Sonnet 130 In this single poem Shakespeare turns the entire Petrarchan tradition on its head. Instead of praising an unobtainable beauty in romantic and conventional ways, Shakespeare looks beyond surface appearances to what’s really...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 20 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 20: Sonnet 129

The Rape of LucreceContorted, inward looking, self-loathing, guilty, exhilarating and utterly brilliant, this is perhaps the most famous attempt to convey the feeling of lust in any English poem. Sonnet 129 (like Sonnet 116 two days ago) is not addressed...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 19 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 19: Sonnet 128

Vermeer: Lady Seated at a Virginal Flirtation, eroticism, desire and envy are all brought to life and woven together by music here. The poet watches the beloved (it’s not clear whether it’s a male or female) play a keyboard...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 18 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 18: Sonnet 116

Photo: Paul HatfieldThis is certainly one of the most famous of all of the Sonnets, and justly so. But notice how it isn’t actually addressed to anyone. Rather, it reads more like an essay cast in sonnet form. As far as the ideal of love is concerned,...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 17 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 17: Sonnet 113

This sonnet is one of metamorphosis, or perhaps alchemy. The poet’s eye is in his mind and causes him to shape everything he sees in the natural world around him into an image of the beloved (here formally addressed as ‘you’). It’s...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 16 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 16: Sonnet 106

Photo: commonswikimedia On re-reading this exquisitely musical poem just now it made me think most of The Winter’s Tale and of King Leontes staring in wonder at the statue of his supposedly dead wife, Queen Hermione, who then comes to life before...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 15 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 14: Sonnet 91

These are a few of my favourite things, but you are better than all these, Sonnet 91 seems to say. For me this sonnet is a good example of how, when imagining Shakespeare as our contemporary (perhaps in modern-dress), equivalents can easily be found....
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 13 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 13: Sonnet 81

thehealthylivinglounge.comSonnet 81 itself is an epitaph and a monument in two ways. First, through the ‘gentle verse’ itself as written and printed, and as it will be read by future readers. Second, and even more powerfully, this verse-memorial...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 12 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 12: Sonnet 80

Photo: This feels to me like a public poem, a poem competing for the attention of a patron by trying to express a more genuine and heartfelt sentiment in contrast to another’s grander verse. The mention of the ‘proudest sail’...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 11 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 11: Sonnet 75

Photo: It was quite a telling moment when our reader today, Professor Michael Dobson, and I chatted about how to illustrate this sonnet. The abiding and extended image is of a miser, struggling to find peace with his wealth....
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 11 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 10: Sonnet 63

Photo: flickriver.comIn trying to conquer time, the poet first imagines time’s devastating effects. The ‘love’ of this sonnet (who is definitely male) will have his blood drained, be covered in wrinkles, lose all of his beauty, and will...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 9 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 9: Sonnet 55

Photo: One of the recurring themes in Shakespeare’s Sonnets is the power of his verse to help the beloved triumph against time. Here he conjures a surreal image of the beloved, pacing forth like a resurrected being among the ruins...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 8 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 8: Sonnet 50

16th-c. stirrups found in Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the early 19th c.In Sonnet 50, Shakespeare’s unhappiness at being separated from his friend is compared to the suffering of the spurred horse that is carrying him ever further away. Surely...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 7 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 7: Sonnet 36

Sir Frank Dicksee, ‘Romeo and Juliet’Today’s sonnet is about the difficulty of love, ‘a separable spite’ that steals ‘sweet hours from love’s delight’. The lovers – and the relationship between the...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 6 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 6: Sonnet 26

Dame Judi Dench as the Countess reading a sonnet-letter.Sonnet 26 is distinctive because it is addressed to the ‘Lord of my love’ to whom the poet feels subordinate. The sonnet is presented as a ‘written embassage’ and has the...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 5 Dec 2013

Sonnet for Advent 5: Sonnet 14 A bright particular star plays an important part in the Christmas story. It leads the Magi to Bethlehem where they find ‘the King of Jews’. Sonnet 14 seemed like a good choice for Advent. But here the poet turns away...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 4 Dec 2013

Sonnets for Advent 4: Sonnet 7

‘People look East’ is a good Advent cry (from Eleanor Farjeon’s carol), and here in Sonnet 7 we have ‘Lo, in the orient’, as the sun rises in the East. Sunlight shines throughout this sonnet, the ‘sacred majesty’...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 3 Dec 2013

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