from the Folger

April 12, 2021

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. Located in Washington, DC, and, in fact, closed for renovation, the Folger offers a wide variety of events, performances, and activities, notably the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.

There are two more online readings this season:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:30pm Eastern/3:30pm Pacific
Michael Collier & Monica Sok
This is a ticketed event.

Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific
Billy Collins
This is a free event, with registration required.

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special thanks to Sheila Sondik

summer school

June 29, 2020

If you’ve ever felt like you jumped into the deep end of poetry, here’s a chance to put on your water wings and start over. Johns Hopkins University Alexander Grass Humanities Institute is offering a free online summer “blast course”: How to Read Poetry.

The five-week course will meet on Zoom for one lecture and one live discussion session each week, Mondays and Thursdays, from July 13 through August 14, 2020. “Through lectures on sound, image, language, and genre, you will learn what poetry is made of, and discover, along the way, poets of various national and historical traditions, from Shakespeare to Claudia Rankine.”

Details and registration here.

how to read a sonnet

April 18, 2020

With more than six decades of much-lauded performance on stage, screen (large and small), and video games, Patrick Stewart has stepped out of his role as Jean-Luc Picard to read/recite a sonnet a day on Instagram and Twitter (@sirpatstew). If you’re not on Instagram or Twitter, you can find some of Stewart’s sonnet readings on YouTube, and a few are linked in this article on My Modern Met.


October 31, 2016

Shakespeares photo by Ray Duffy

In honor of ghosts, goblins, and William Shakespeare, spirit on over to the Academy of American Poets collection of Halloween poems. It’s a treat.

While you’d be lucky to find one of the 10,000 Shakespeare face masks (shown above) commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s demise, you can download, color, and create your own from the Shakespeare 400 Chicago Talk Like Shakespeare Day site.

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Reasons to go to…Vermont!

February 8, 2016

Rivendell Books

Should you be craving a change of scenery along with some new voices to inspire your poetry, consider spending a spring Weekend at the Writing House in Montpelier, Vermont. On April 16 and 17, 2016, poets Baron Wormser and Jeanne Marie Beaumont will offer a two-day intensive, Being with Poets: Plath and Shakespeare. From the course description:

Sylvia Plath was deeply attuned to the poetry of Shakespeare. His work offered her an emotional scope, a trove of verse techniques, a bottomless vocabulary, a stunning range of tones (both comic and tragic), the felt presence of classical themes, and an insistence on the primacy of drama. Accordingly, we will be looking at some Plath poems through the Shakespearean lens to see how she seized upon his plays as an aid to creating poems that were brief yet powerful dramas. Any poet with ambition yearns to reach the phenomenal eloquence Shakespeare represents. Plath not only had that ambition, she worked deliberately and intuitively at making that eloquence her own.

Limited to six participants, the weekend will engage deeply with texts and writers in a small, intently focused group. To learn more, see the Being with Poets description and information about the Writing House or contact Baron Wormser by email.
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Thanks to Linda Lambert for the suggestion.


November 28, 2013

Cobbe portrait of Shakespeare
“Thank me no thankings
nor proud me no prouds.”
William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet
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Cobbe portrait of William Shakespeare

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