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William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18

Sonnet 18 is the most famous and most quoted of Shakespeare’s lyric poems; it is a celebration of youthful beauty which concludes with an ironic joke about Shakespeare’s own burgeoning fame.

June 12, 2020 · 6 Comments

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 29

Yet in these thoughts my self almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate

April 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Frost at Midnight

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch…

February 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Young Ian McKellan Jamming Shakespeare with Fleshtones on Warhol’s TV show (1987)

.   Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which aired on MTV in the late 1980s was a multimedia circus featuring “The high and the low. The rich and the famous. The struggling … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet’s first kiss

Act One, Scene Four ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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