Shakespeare's Poetry

02nd July 2012 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
Poet in the City, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Romanian Cultural Institute held an evening in celebration of the poetry of William Shakespeare.
In this year of national celebration to mark the London Olympics, the spotlight inevitably falls upon William Shakespeare, the Nation’s most famous poet and dramatist.

This special event looked in detail at the sonnets, which lie at the heart of his verse, exploring their mysteries and examining their insights into themes such as love, death and time, as well as exploring the way in which the Bard used poetry in his plays and stagecraft.

Paul Edmondson is Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He has edited many editions of Shakespeare’s works, and contributed to The Cambridge History of Poetry on the topic of Shakespeare’s poetry.

Ann Thompson is Professor of English at King’s College London and Director of The Shakespeare Centre. She will discuss one of Shakespeare’s best-known sonnets, and speak about his originality and poetic style.

With special guests:

Ion Caramitru OBE is one of the most celebrated Romanian actors of all time, and former Minister for Culture in Romania. He will read from the sonnets and plays, and discuss international perspectives on reading Shakespeare.

Michael Pennington is an eminent actor and director known for his Shakespearean roles, and co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company. He will read from Shakespeare’s works and discuss the poetics of the plays.

The following sonnets and extracts were read at the event:

In English and Romanian: Sonnets 18, 116, 129, 130 and 147

In English only: Sonnets 2, 29, 65, 71, 73, 87, 118, 131 and 135

Mercutio's "Queen Mab" speech from Romeo and Juliet, "To Be or Not to Be" from Hamlet, and the "Dagger" Speech from Macbeth
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