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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 2: Sonnet 5

The ‘lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell’ might seem like summer now, but winter is on its way, and the only way is to store up some of summer’s beauty is to distill it, presumably by having a child. ‘Sap checked with frost’ really does sounds as though winter as well as time is […]

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Sonnets for Advent 1: Sonnet 3

Here begin our Sonnets for Advent: one a day for the next 24 days to help lead us up to Christmas. In Sonnet 3, the speaker addresses a male subject and urges him to reproduce, to ‘form another’. Not to do so would mean cheating, or unblessing, a woman who is longing to be the […]

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‘How to Know if Someone Is in Love’: An Examination of Elizabethan Courtship in Much Ado About Nothing.

Like any other animal, human beings adopt a series of behaviours to show interest in mating in an appropriate way.  In the Elizabethan era, courtly love meant that a man strove to obtain his lady both through force of arms and through his skill in poetry. Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing despise […]

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Painting Shakespeare: Truth, Mirth, and Turmoil

Taking up from where the recent Sonnets for Advent series finished comes this post by painter Richard Lance Russell: This painting, “Number All Your Graces,” was inspired by these lines from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 17: “If I could write the beauty of your eyes And in fresh numbers number all your graces” I love creating paintings […]

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Sonnet for Christmas

Perhaps this is the perfect Shakespeare sonnet for Christmas Day, when millions throughout the world celebrate God’s own gift of love in the person of Jesus. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Sonnets for Advent, and especially to the students and faculty at the University of Tubingen for hosting their own Sonnets for […]

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Sonnets for Advent 24: Sonnet 135

Is this the most outrageous sonnet of them all? If ‘will’ is slang for both the male and female sexual organs, sexual passion, and is an abbreviated, familiar form of Shakespeare’s first name, then the possible meanings of Sonnet 135 are playfully numerous and potentially surreal.There are 13 mentions of ‘will’ which suggests deliberate obsession […]

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Sonnets for Advent 23: Sonnet 104

This sonnet marks the passing of time over three years. For people wanting to turn Shakespeare’s collection into a narrative sequence, Sonnet 104 is an important point of reference (the relationship between Shakespeare and ‘the Young Man’ has now lasted three years). But again there is no mention of the sex of the addressee and […]

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Sonnets for Advent 22: Sonnet 102

Although Sonnet 102 is highly lyrical it is ostensibly about lyrical restraint. The poet must be careful not to write too much in praise of the beloved, since ‘sweets grown common lose their dear delight.’ But it’s the memory of their love when new that carries the reader through the central section, and here the […]

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