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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.

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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)

What if Shakespeare…were a PIRATE?

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[The Pirate’s Code]

I must obey (1). I drink the air before me (2). I’ll confine myself no finer than I am. These clothes are good enough to drink in, and so be these boots too. An they be not, let them hang themselves in their own straps (3). My commission is not to reason of the deed, but to do’t (4). When I was born: Never was waves nor wind more violent; and from the ladder-tackle washes off a canvas-climber (5).

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do (my) minutes hasten to their end; Each changing place with that which goes before, In sequent toil all forwards do contend (6). I am not such an ass, but I can keep my hand dry (7). My very walk should be a jig (8).

My stars shine darkly over me (9), (and yet) my bounty is as boundless as the sea (10), (upon which) my drink and good counsel will amend (11). Heigh, my hearts! Cheerly, cheerly, my hearts! Yare, yare! Take in the topsail. Tend to the master’s whistle (12).

Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, land-thieves and water-thieves (13). (But I am a) notable pirate (14). One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never (15).

Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe (16). On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves. Or lose our ventures (17). (We) must obey (18).

1) Twelfth Night, III. iv. 299
2) The Tempest, V. i. 102
3) Twelfth Night, I. iii. 129-131
4) Pericles, IV. i. 88-89
5) Pericles, IV. i. 63-66
6) Sonnet 60, 1-4
7) Twelfth Night, I. iii. 65-66
8) Twelfth Night, I. iii. 115
9) Twelfth Night, II. i. 2
10) Romeo and Juliet, II. ii. 133-134
11) Twelfth Night, I. v. 43-44
12) The Tempest, I. i. 9-12
13) The Merchant of Venice, I. iii. 19-21
14) Twelfth Night, V. i. 63
15) Much Ado About Nothing, II. iii. 46-47
16) Julius Caesar, IV. iii. 221
17) Julius Caesar, IV. iii. 228-229
18) Twelfth Night, III. iv. 299

(Shakespearrr re-arranged by Vineeta)

Sonnet 73 – Listen to our take!

Photo: Vineeta Moraes

Photo: Vineeta Moraes

We had a tonne of fun participating in 1623 theatre company‘s Sonnet 73 project!   It’s all in the spirit of autumn and winter (of our discontent):

SONNET 73

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish’d by.
This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

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Want to participate?  Make a recording with your smartphone and send it to 1623 theatre company by February 8, 2013.  Click here for all the guidelines.  And click here to listen to more recordings!

By Vineeta Moraes, Linda Nicoll, and Laboni Islam

Wordy Wednesday – “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (Valentine’s Edition!)

To all on this post-Valentine’s Day day.

Were you not able to find those perfect words? It’s not too late. Maybe the Bard can help you out.

Let’s take an oft-quoted line.

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:”

Whisper that in his/her or quote in on bent knee and you are set! Who does not love being told they are lovelier than a summer’s day?

This quote, from the famous Sonnet 18, has often been held as a great celebration of love. And while it may seem like that, if we take a closer look at this sonnet, we see it is not as sincere as it may seem.

Tune in tomorrow and we will shatter this illusion.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift – Just Ask the National Post!

Michael Kelly with some of our Sonnet Kids – Aidan, Quinn and Heather.

The National Post lists Shakespeare in Action’s Sonnets by Kids as one of their ultimate last minute gift ideas for this Valentine’s Day!

The ultimate last-minute gift guide for Valentine’s Day

It’s not too late to book! Visit our website now: http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/sonnets-by-kids

Thanks to photographer extraordinaire Joel Charlebois for the photo!

Shakespeare Sonnets for Valentine’s Day!

Having trouble finding a gift that will help you stand out from the crowd? Not sure how to express the way you feel to the one you love?

Let us do the talking for you!

Shakespeare: love’s biggest fan?

For just $25 including HST, one of our talented and adorable Shakespeare Kids will call your Valentine and recite one of Shakespeare’s romantic sonnets. You book a time, and one of our budding young actors will call your intended, recite a sonnet and let them know i…t’s a romantic Valentine’s thought from yours truly!

And they’ll also send a personalized copy of the sonnet as a token of your love!

To book, call 416 703 4881 or email shakespeareinaction@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook event page for a sample sonnet reading!