Madeline Reads The Sonnets I’ve seen many projects where someone says “I’m going to read/perform all of the Sonnets!”  I link specifically to this one because a) she’s doing it in video, which is certainly harder but also offers more expressive opportunities, b) she’s not padding it down with any sort of “Hi everybody here we go” talk, it’s just sonnets, and c) she actually appears to be doing it – she’s through the first 40.  Most of the time someone attempts this they give up long before that.

Update:  I wrote to Madeline asking why she’d stopped at 40, and she said that her computer broke but she was back in business and posting more.

5 thoughts on “Madeline Reads The Sonnets

  1. And an amazingly good job she does, too. She is pretty good with the meter and only missed one accented past participle in the first 15 sonnets I listened to. I only disagreed with a few points on the scansion, but all in all it’s the best sonnet reading I have heard (far better than Vendler’s).

  2. I’m incredibly flattered, and I hope that if you have quibbles or ideas about my pronunciation or scansion, you’ll let me know. I can’t guarantee I’ll change anything, but I am really interested in hearing other people’s ideas about it – especially if it results in other people putting their own interpretations up on YouTube.

  3. I’ll switch over to your emended version, then – that is incredibly useful. From the cruddy, punctuation-added version, I moved to a facsimile of the 1609 quarto, which has the benefit of being 100% Shakespeare but the drawback of causing the unpleasant squinty-eyed staring face that you see in the videos I made this afternoon. Your version should solve that problem. Thank you so much!

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