November 28, 2006
MP3 Audio: Shakespeare's Sonnets--Selected Readings (10.49mb) Download
By: Dr. Greg Martin visit website
Tags: Shakespeare Sonnet Sonnets British Literature Renaissance Sequence Dark Lady
This episode includes readings of the following selected sonnets by William Shakespeare:
- #3: "Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest"
- #18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
- #29: "When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes"
- #30: "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought"
- #33: "Full many a glorious morning have I seen"
- #71: "No longer mourn for me when I am dead"
- #80: "O how I faint when when I of you do write"
- #116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds"
- #126: "O thou my lovely boy, who in thy power"
- #130: "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"
- #135: "Whoever hat her wish, thou hast thy Will"
- #144: "Two loves I have of comfort and despair"
I chose these sonnets for various reasons, which I will explain in the next episode, the lecture on and explanation of Shakespeare's sonnets.
Standard high school texts often only include only four or five sonnets, which I feel is insufficient to understanding the wide spectrum of ideas explored in the sonnets as well as the nature of the sequence. On the other hand, college anthologies often include all of the sonnets or so many that it would overwhelm those new to the sonnets. I have taken the middle ground, selecting one of each type (adressed to the young man, addressed to the dark lady, including the rival poet, etc.), a few of the major (most popular) sonnets, as well as some that I personally like to teach.
Please follow along in your own text of the sonnets . . . and, ENJOY!ï¿½
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