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Layla Moallem, ‘Sonnet 130’ (featuring Jah-Zee)

By Layla Moallem Sonnet 130 This single is the outcome of a beautiful encounter between Layla and the highly acclaimed musical producer and Balkan Beat Box founding member Tamir Muskat. What started as an improvised session in Tamir’s studio, in which Layla found herself rapping Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 onto Tamir’s beats – became a long […]

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Sonnets for Advent 22: Sonnet 136

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 with sex and sexual passions, as to some extent it still is. The poet’s name loses its capital letter in line 3 […]

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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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