259 Shakespeare’s Best | Sonnets 129 and 130 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame” and “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)

In the fourth and final installment of A Month of Shakespearean Sonnets, Jacke takes a look at two sonnets from the Dark Lady sequence, Sonnet 129 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame”) and Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”). Listen to the Shakespeare whom poet Don Paterson described as giving us “a terrific display of self-directed fury, raging away in the little cage of the sonnet like a spitting wildcat.”

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253 Shakespeare’s Best | Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”)

What did Shakespeare do when the bubonic plague shut down London’s theaters? Apparently he wrote poetry instead, including some or all of his 154 sonnets. In this episode, Jacke takes a look at Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”) to see whether the poem deserves its reputation as one of Shakespeare’s greatest. Can it still be read today? And if so, what does it have to offer us?

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