Reading a Sonnet in the Palm of Your Hand

Sonnets1609titlepageWho can resist one of William Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets? Since 1609, we have been pining away for his pining away. And New Yorkers, who look forward every summer to Shakespeare in the Park, are once again about to find Shakespeare available to us. From The New York Times blog, actors will soon be “Taking Shakespeare’s Sonnets to the Streets of New York”. According to the article, over the next year, SonnetProjectNYC.com will not only will there be videos, but a mobile app, which means that we can hold Shakespeare in the palm of our hand. But why wait to gaze upon his words?

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A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted,
Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women’s fashion:
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue, all ‘hues’ in his controlling,
Much steals men’s eyes and women’s souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated,
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
But since she prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.

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