Sonnet Book

We have a run of 750 sonnetbooks. Each book signed by William S



Original Pronunciation Post…

Anyways Original Pronunciation has entered my world en masse this last week. If you are curious about OP then start by pressing here: which leads you to Paul Meier’s excellent free e-book. […]

Dating Sonnet 107…

This process is known as attribution. Accepting the fact that Shakespeare of Stratford wrote his plays, poems and sonnets, we need to agree on when that happened. […]

IDEA Sonnet to the Readers

If you doubt Shakespeare you doubt his friends. Michael Drayton was a friend. Mikey wrote sonnets and published them year after year from 1594-1637. […]

A plain reading of the sonnets

Let’s call this a PLAIN reading of the Sonnets. Intent is a fickle mistress. What we intended and what we have done is here for your appraisal and approval. Or diss! Kan ook! […]

The 10 MUSE Sonnets

You can find the Muse in these sonnets. Note they are all capitalised. Also note how the tone of voice progresses. […]

Sonnet 71 Shakespeare’s Grave…

Embedding for Shakespeare. We feel like a press correspondent covering a war. Which the authorship question undoubtedly is. As much as we don’t want to choose sides, we know where we lie. Just as Shakespeare does in his grave. […]


Today’s post is actually an added page above called NOTES ON SONNET SPEAKING.


Them Bare Necessities-

1. Mathematics – rhythm, pace, measure, time passing 2. Beauty – language, poetry, tone of voice 3. Drama – body, senses and wits, mood, emotions 4. Philosophy – mind , history, abstract + concrete thought


Twenty Ten…

Approaching six thousand readers. Thank you for reading. OK maybe three thousand are me, but that still leaves 3,000. Why that’s the capacity crowd of the Globe Theater. The old one then.

It is a commonplace of blogs to mourn the lack of readership. But then why do it? It is because you read […]

The Argument…

….is central to understanding the Sonnets as a complete oeuvre. It is an off-shoot of rhetoric. Now each individual sonnet necessarily has its own argument otherwise it wouldn’t go anywhere or say any thing.

But my argument here is that the cumulative argument of these individual arguments leaves little room for any hidden argument […]

Depth charge…

…so an examination of compositional strategies Sh used in his Sonnets to give them the appearance of depth. Cribbed from the introduction (p. 19-21, 38) of the Art of Sh’s Sonnets by Helen Vendler.

1. TEMPORAL. The establishment of several retreating “panels” of time, representing episodes or epochs in the speaker’s past, gives him […]