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The Sonnet Project Begins

Posted in The Sonnets on 2014/04/23 by mattermind

I mentioned in previous posts my boundless admiration for The Sonnet Project. These amazing folks launched an incredible undertaking to celebrate Shakespeare by setting his sonnets in a modern, Manhattan context. It will be an honor and a privilege to help spread word about it far and wide.

They timed it all to coincide with Shakespeare’s birthday – so I feel it’s only appropriate to formally begin linking to their work today with Sonnet #1.

While I haven’t fully wrapped the Hollow Crown saga, there are more sonnets available than I could possibly cover in a month. So why not seize the day and begin now?

Please visit The Shakespeare Project and support them in any way you can. Even a friendly word of encouragement is helpful…as any blogger might tell you.

David Gilmour Sings Sonnet 18

Posted in The Sonnets with tags on 2014/02/27 by mattermind

As I work my way ever closer to the sonnets, I wanted to share with you this utterly brilliant version of #18 by David Gilmour. You may be familiar with David’s music in a little side project called Pink Floyd.

I haven’t even begun to parse these yet. But there are so many beautiful renditions out there that I figured I had better start early. Let me know what you think and if you have any you’d like to contribute.

The Sonnet Project

Posted in The Sonnets with tags , on 2014/01/16 by mattermind

I won’t formally begin the sonnets and poems until April, but I can’t help giving a shout out about what’s happening at The Sonnet Project NYC.

I am amazed at how spectacularly they have captured the essence of everything I am attempting with this blog. I can’t stop watching every single posted video. Come April, I’ll be linking like mad.

For now, I will content myself with my favorite. I have watched this again and again and again (sigh).

For those who cannot watch on their portable devices, here is a LINK

Please support these good people in their work!

Remembrance of Things Past

Posted in The Sonnets with tags , on 2010/02/24 by mattermind

I jolted upright at Sonnet #30, thrilling at the connection between Shakespeare and Proust. I’d like to think that I knew about it previously, but if I did, I had forgotten:

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancell’d woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish’d sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor’d and sorrows end.

Sonnet #27

Posted in The Sonnets on 2010/02/24 by mattermind

There must be an unspoken agreement among Shakespeare thespians stating that anybody reading the Sonnets in the public domain must sound like this guy. And if there’s not, there should be. He does a great job.

Still, I keep waiting for the Monty Python goosing that never comes, alas.

Shakespeare Sugar Rush

Posted in The Sonnets on 2010/02/24 by mattermind

The Sonnets 21-40

Reading too many sonnets in a row is a bit like pigging out on ice cream or chocolate — or ice cream and chocolate. Part brain freeze, part sugar rush; either way, guaranteed to make you feel light headed.

I’m trying to read them as if I’d stumbled upon any old poetry book in yonder bookstore, but it’s not what I’d call an unqualified success. The images are so clotted and the language so dense, I can’t escape the feeling that there’s much going on here that I’m missing.

While I’m happy to have moved beyond the procreation series (Will exhausted that one, or rather the speaker did), I’m still numbed out by the arch romanticism of the whole deal. I mean, love is definitely worth getting all worked up about… but reading sonnet after sonnet is a bit like listening to your college roommate drone on about some girl (or guy) who sits in the front row of French class.

All right, all right, can we play some damned foozeball, already?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking the sonnets for distilling love to such heightened intensity. I’m just saying that reading too many in a row will give you cavities. Or a headache. Or make you sigh wistfully for hours on end.

They should come with warning labels like those medication ads you Tivo through on television or flip past in magazines.

All in all, I’d rather get brain freeze or a mental cavity than an erection that lasts over four hours. I suppose then I can safely assert that the complications from adding the Sonnets to your love life will prove less painful than adding either Cialis or Viagra.

In theory, that is. There are still 114 to go.

Sonnet #20 Cover Song

Posted in The Sonnets with tags on 2010/02/19 by mattermind

And covered breathtakingly, I might add, by Rufus Wainwright.