Everyone who reads the Sonnets notices that many lines don't rhyme when they should. What has happened? Using the 'original pronunciation' (OP) perspective he developed for Shakespeare's Globe's productions of Romeo and Juliet and Troilus and Cressida, David Crystal shows how the Sonnets would have sounded in Shakespeare's time, discusses the new aesthetic which an OP rendition permits, and points out some unnoticed wordplay that is obscured when the poems are read in modern accents. This is the Sonnets as you've never heard them before. He will be joined by Globe actor Ben Crystal.
Thursday 26 November 2009
The Effect of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Lecture by Dr Paul Edmondson