Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Form and Meaning in Lyric Poetry

I’m just reading Helen Vendler’s The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Amazon affiliate link). I think she is my favourite interpreter of poetry, and this might be her greatest work. Every page is revelatory. One of her major themes is that a consideration of ‘form’ in lyric poetry is vital for a full understanding of the… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Form and Meaning in Lyric Poetry

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Essays, Resources and Links

The following links offer useful and free online resources for the study and analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Full text Shakespeare: Sonnets – easy access to all 154 sonnets The amazing web site of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – this site is a little clumsy to navigate, but does feature the complete texts plus useful commentaries and sonnets… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Essays, Resources and Links

Analysis: Here, There and Everywhere by The Beatles

Here, There and Everywhere is one of the best songs on The Beatles’ Revolver and its brightest affirmation. Paul McCartney is the song’s sole writer (despite the Lennon/McCartney credit), and it is suffused with his inveterate sentimentality. But it is sentimental in the best possible way, balancing finely ordered poetic thought with an intoxication that suggests the writer… Continue reading Analysis: Here, There and Everywhere by The Beatles

See the Nutcracker at the Cinema this Christmas

If you can’t make it to the Royal Opera House to see The Nutcracker this Christmas, you need not miss out. Opus Arte, the ROH’s multi-platform arts production and distribution company, is bringing The Nutcracker to cinema screens across the country, filmed in a high-definition recording from the Royal Opera House itself. To promote the… Continue reading See the Nutcracker at the Cinema this Christmas

Leonard Bernstein: From Mahler to the Beatles

For our discussions on The Beatles’ Revolver album I dug out the clip below from Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated lecture series The Unanswered Question, Six Talks at Harvard. This short extract is from Lecture 5: The 20th Century Crisis, in which he focuses on Mahler’s 9th Symphony. He sees this great symphony as a prophetic vision… Continue reading Leonard Bernstein: From Mahler to the Beatles