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Friday, April 12, 2013

365 Poems: The Sonnet Project

Day 102 (Updated)

What are some of my favorite poems? Shakespeare's sonnets. Which one is my favorite? A hard call, but this one's top three -- as it is for lots of sonnet fans:

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Now, here's a cool thing the New York Shakespeare Exchange (I want to belong to this!) is doing:
For the entire year leading up to Shakespeare's 450th birthday, we will release, to a global audience, internet videos of all 154 sonnets, performed by 154 different actors in 154 unique locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The culmination of the project will be marked by the release of a full Sonnet Project Anthology, complete with special features exploring the textual nuances of the language, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the creators and actors.

The Sonnet Project - PROTOTYPE from Ross Williams on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Have I tried to write a sonnet. Unfortunately, yes. This one was helped much by my Gotham Writer's poetry class instructor, Michael Montlack.

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