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Night Waves [19/05/2009]

Synopsis
BBC Radio 3 arts series. In this edition, part of the BBC Poetry Season, Philip Dodd previews Radio 3’s Sonnets Day, which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Poet Jo Shapcott, actor and director Samuel West and Shakespeare specialist Helen Hackett discuss why the sonnet form has entranced, intrigued and challenged readers for four centuries, as well as commenting on contemporary poets who write in the sonnet form. Samuel West reads Sonnet 18 (`Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?') and Sonnet 57 (`Being your slave, what should I do but tend/Upon the hours and times of your desire?). West speaks briefly on the difficulty of reading sonnets and explains why he finds Romeo and Juliet finishing each other’s lines (Act I v l720-736, ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand...') so appealing. The item is c12 mins.
Series
Night Waves
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
19 May 2009 at 21:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Producer
Allegra McIlroy
Contributor
Helen Hackett; Jo Shapcott; Philip Dodd
Cast
Samuel West 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); sonnets

Notes

History
The programme broadcast is not the edition billed in Radio Times.

Archive

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British Library Sound Archive

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