Culture Club: Theme for August – November 2010

It’s not so long since we last did a work by William Shakespeare (we did Shakespeare’s Sonnets back at the beginning of the year), but you can never have enough Shakespeare, right? We’re back at him, and this time it’s Hamlet, one of his best known works for the theatre and the single most highly… Continue reading Culture Club: Theme for August – November 2010

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

The Musical Structure of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is surely the most musical of Shakespeare’s plays. In its verse, its rhythm and even its structure, it is never far from musical forms of expression. One of history’s greatest Shakespearean interpreters and critics, Harley Granville Barker said of this piece, ‘it is less a play… than a musical symphony’, and… Continue reading The Musical Structure of A Midsummer Night’s Dream