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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Don't compare her to a summer's day! The allusion, whatever its merit, may have grown thin after four centuries of wear. Why fixate there, when there is a bounty of 153 more sonnets to excavate for language, color, insight, mystery, or just shear awe. 

Overwhelming as this is, let's start with: 66, 74, 94, 126, 129, 145, 154.

If your favorite is not listed here, and you are prepared to passionately argue about it, I'm willing to make amends.

You may find the sonnets online here:

http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/intro.php

Happy excavating!

PS. We'll be meeting in front of Crema at 6pm, then head over to the Radcliffe Yard, where we'll have the reading and discussion. If you can, please have the text of the sonnets with you.

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  • Bill W

    I take responsibility for urging an early exit from Crema. I was concerned about the length of the walk. My apologies to anyone we left behind.

    May 20, 2013

  • Troy F.

    Sad to hear that the meeting was not well attended. I am sad to say, but the writing was on the wall with that being a train wreck - and I wrote with some coordinating questions - and never heard back a single solitary thing (I also wrote a month ago to ask if anyone wanted to discuss some of Tolstoy's novella's off-line or online - but outside the monthly meetings - and again, not a soul wrote back.) So, maybe I smell ;) or gave a bad impression at the first book club meeting (which I don't recall doing and was polite and kind and quiet and reserved :)).

    So, anyway, I was (and am) very excited about the club - and it brought to my attention Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata and his over novellas which I have now read and Shakespeare's sonnets which are wonderful --- but the I am having a hard time wondering why there isn't more activity online - or why I don't seem to ever get ANY responses to my posts? I thought the essence of book clubs was discussion?

    What is the next book?

    May 20, 2013

    • Arlinda S.

      Thank you for offering to assist last night. Didn't see your message till after the meeting. As for our discussions, they occur at the meetings...not so much on this site. Beyond that, it is up to individual members.

      May 20, 2013

  • norrie e.

    I liked the new place a lot. It was quiet & at the same time stimulating. As usual, I learned something new. I downloaded two samples of "The Blind Owl/" Anyone have any thoughts on the best translation?

    May 20, 2013

    • Arlinda S.

      Great to see you last night! Curious to know your thoughts on "The Blind Owl." I read Costello's version and really enjoyed it.

      May 20, 2013

  • Arlinda S.

    I am sorry to miss some of you last night. I didn't expect the venue change to cause such confusion or to deter anyone from coming late to the meeting. Let's coordinate better next time!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Clare F.

    So sorry for the no-show; I got thrown off by the venue change-- thought we were meeting at Crema at 6 then walking over; by the time I realized my mistake there was no way for me to get to Touch anywhere near on time.

    May 19, 2013

  • Troy F.

    If we are going to drive to Touch Gallery, should we plan on being there at 6 - or more realistically, closer to 6:30 (it looks like much more than a ten minute walk from Crema in Harvard Square :)). 6 pm at Crema means leaving there at 6:10 truthfully after a few moments of mingling, then the walk, etc, etc. Am not trying to be difficult, but sorta "just saying" to use that awful phrase. I could also offer to show up at Crema and give folks a ride, but that will simply confuse things more perhaps? Or leave some walking and some not; don't wanna add to that confusion, but anyone out there that needs a ride, don't hesitate to ask or email me and I can swing by. Thanks.

    May 19, 2013

  • norrie e.

    yes! last minute, ok?

    May 19, 2013

  • Arlinda S.

    Touch Gallery in Cambridge has generously offered to host us for this gathering, and I think you'll enjoy the atmosphere. The gallery is a 10-15 minute walk from Harvard Sq. You may either go there directly or come by Crema 15 minutes earlier so we can head over together.

    May 15, 2013

  • Arlinda S.

    If you'd indulge me, I'd like to spend the last 10 minutes of the meeting exploring what a virtual extension of our book discussion might look like. Think literary blogs, podcasts, videocasts and the like. Of the ones already out there, which ones do you follow? What do they do well? And what are they missing? Thanks in advance.

    May 10, 2013

  • Larry B.

    To paraphrase Shakespeare, let not to this meet-up of true minds admit impediments. (sonnet 116)

    May 1, 2013

    • Bo

      I'm pretty much fine with not admitting MY impediments

      May 2, 2013

  • Larry B.

    P.S. For those who may be interested: there is going to be a "Shakespeare Slam" on Saturday, May 11, 2pm, at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Somerville (Red Line Davis Sq. T stop), presented by the Anarchist Society of Shakespeareans. $5 cover charge. I don't like "liking" these kinds of things on facebook, so you will have to google it for more information.

    May 2, 2013

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