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Romeo and Juliet Blu-Ray Giveaway- Congratulations!

Let’s offer a huge congratulations to Jennifer WB from Toronto, ON for winning a copy of Romeo and Juliet on Blu-Ray! As promised, we will be sharing her poem on our blog!

The poem is called Your Love.

Your Love is like a river.
Constantly moving,
Adding to the wondrous beauty around.
Your love is eternal,
Just like mine is for you.

Jennifer, we will be contacting you shortly to confirm your mailing details! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and a HUGE thanks to our friends at DFilms for providing the prize!

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Sonnets by Kids- An 8 year-olds translation of Sonnet #116

SONNET 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.  Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no!  It is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

8-YEAR-OLD’S TRANSLATION

Love always stays.
Love is a guide.
Love lasts forever.
Every word I have written is true.

Give the gift of poetry this Valentine’s Day!
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A birthday sonnet for Shakespeare!

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It’s William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday today!  Since records state that he was baptised on April 26th, the widely-accepted date of his birth is April 23rd, 1564. To join in the festivities, I’ve -attempted- to compose a sonnet for him:

A toast to Will, the Bard of Avon, true
He turns four hundred forty-nine today.
Of speech and song his words still ring in cue,
Resounding deep in script and stage to stay.
His language is a twisting, turning ink
Medicine for human heart and mind.
It shapes and gives a necessary link
For fervent souls who seek and wish to find:
A love both sick and beautiful to face, 
A humour, bawdy and yet full of wit.
A sadness of a heavy, drawn out case
All spun into a Globe so brightly lit.
Plays are things, an entertaining sell,
But Shakespeare gives us more than what is well.      

Happy Birthday, Will!

(Sonnet and image edit by Vineeta)

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day – On Sale!

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Shakespeare in Action’s Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day is back!

Want to be the sweetest person on the block? 

Give the gift of poetry and let the Bard do the talking!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Visit our website – http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/sonnets-by-kids
  • Pick a sonnet – 29 (more romantic) or 104 (more friendly)
  • Purchase the sonnet for your loved one.  It’s just $25.
  • On Valentine’s Day, between 4:30pm and 6:30pm EST, a talented Shakespeare Kid will call your lucky Valentine and recite the sonnet with a heart full of love!
  • A Shakespeare Kid will also sign and mail a personalized copy of the sonnet for your Valentine!

All proceeds go to Shakespeare in Action’s educational programs, including a free readers’ theatre program for kids across the GTA, which has served over 4000 children.  Most of our Shakespeare Kids are “graduates” of this program!

Sonnets are available in Canada, the US, and the UK till Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5pm EST, or while quantities last!

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