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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 there in the person he loves. Her eyes are not full of sunlight, neither are her lips the best shade of red; her […]

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Sonnets for Advent 19: Sonnet 128

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 instrument and is captivated by the way his or her fingers seem to be caressed by the keys, leaping up to kiss […]

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Sonnet for Advent 15: Sonnet 97

This is the first of a pair of sonnets in which the beloved’s absence is compared to the seasons. Shakespeare here evokes winter, summer, autumn, summer and winter, and in that order – as though longing for the beloved disrupts a natural sequence of time. Autumn is ‘teeming’ with fruit which, because of the beloved’s […]

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Sonnet for Advent 13: Sonnet 81

Sonnet 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 comes to life whenever this sonnet is spoken aloud. The addressee – and, please note, there’s no […]

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Shakespeare is not dead

When the amazing news, covered on this blog, came through that the remains of Richard III had been found in a Leicester car park, I shouted it upstairs to my daughter before driving off to work.  She thought King Richard had been found alive.  I instantly imagined him in a fluorescent jacket, working for NCP, […]

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New Shakespeares

Two years ago I was approached by our colleagues and friends at The Shakespeare Institute: would The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust be interested in collaborating on a new MA Programme on Shakespeare and Creativity? I was more than interested. The idea resonated through years of my seeing and knowing that Shakespeare is a tremendous source of […]

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