Week ten of #PoetrySummer

So I’ve been late every week on this, so I don’t know if it counts as late anymore, but at least this week I have an excuse: I am very I’ll. I’m mostly over it now, though, so yay me.

Sunday’s poem recitations went great. It was Tennyson week, and my friend Brian finally did Ulysses, and I did a nice short one: “The Miller’s Daughter,” which is surprisingly racy for a Victorian poem. Of course, the Lady of Shallot has a stealth-mode sex scene, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

This week is Shakespearean sonnet week, so…any suggestions? I don’t want to do one of the obvious ones, but I still want something awesome. Anybody have a favorite Shakespearean sonnet?

(By the way, for the many Lady of Shallot fans wondering where the sex scene is, remember that in Romantic-era poetry sex is often represented by flowers. Read it with that in mind, and the sex scene becomes pretty blatant.)

4 Responses to “Week ten of #PoetrySummer”

  1. Robin Weeks says:

    I’m doing CXXX. ‘Cause it’s funny. :)

  2. Adam Meyers says:

    Sonnet 116 is always popular, but I think the “What a piece of work is man” speech from Hamlet would be better. I love Shakespeare’s speeches in dialogue, I heartfully recommend it.

  3. Sean - Texas says:

    I don’t know if you consider this particular sonnet one of the “obvious” ones, but my personal favorite is # 130, “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”. It is irreverant and yet more sincere for its irreverance.

  4. Sean - Texas says:

    Woops, duh, I think I just unknowingly suggested the same poem as Robin Weeks above. Brain waves marching in tune and all that. Another you might consider is # 116 which has some very memorable lines, as well as # 17, which you can recite to your wife and get a much more favorable reaction than if you were to recite, say, # 130.

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