The Troubadour Podcast

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare

May 24, 2020 Kirk j Barbera
The Troubadour Podcast
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare
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The Troubadour Podcast
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare
May 24, 2020
Kirk j Barbera

Who remembers those magic eye illusions from the 90s? On this episode I use Shakespeare's most famous poem to illustrate how poetry is like those illusions.

Poetry begins as a meaningless jumble of lines on a page, but it ends with deep meaning. As Frost puts it, a good poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. But how can we reach that "end?" And is it truly worth it?

These are some questions I discuss with you as I explore this great and short 14 line sonnet by the great bard himself.

Show Notes

Who remembers those magic eye illusions from the 90s? On this episode I use Shakespeare's most famous poem to illustrate how poetry is like those illusions.

Poetry begins as a meaningless jumble of lines on a page, but it ends with deep meaning. As Frost puts it, a good poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. But how can we reach that "end?" And is it truly worth it?

These are some questions I discuss with you as I explore this great and short 14 line sonnet by the great bard himself.