Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Useful Websites

READ

University of Reading (U.K.) Professor G. R. Ledger’s Shakespeare’s Sonnets is an indispensable site in which all the sonnets have “descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise.”

Shakespeare Online--all of the sonnets, some with additional paraphrasing and short analyses.

No Fear Shakespeare:  Sonnets --all sonnets are presented beside a modern-translation


LISTEN 

Lit2Go has all 154 sonnets


WATCH (and listen)

CC Poems (on YouTube)--all sonnets in 2 hrs.


CRITICISM

Podcasts

English author Nicholas Fogg’s

Lecture on the Sonnets--at the University of Bath

University of Warwick’s

“Understanding Shakespeare's Sonnets”

[Try this youtube connection for the discussion.]




“I cannot pretend to understand all the sonnets equally well; some still elue me (and my instinct in such cases is to think I have not found the spring that will open the box, rather than to judge that Shakespeare had nothing interesting in mind).”  Professor Helen Vendler

“I cannot pretend to understand all the sonnets equally well; some still elue me (and my instinct in such cases is to think I have not found the spring that will open the box, rather than to judge that Shakespeare had nothing interesting in mind).”  Professor Helen Vendler

Who was W.H.?



Henry Wriothesley,                     William Herbert,

the Earl of Southampton?     the Earl of Pembroke?

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