Analyzing a Shakepearean Sonnet for Performance

Jack Shalom is prepping for the Shakespeare Sonnet Slam in New York. Here’s a nice, concise look at his preparation for an oral delivery of 14 lines. Something worth thinking about in virtually any high school English or Drama class.

Jack Shalom

sonnetsdedication2The Shakespeare Sonnet Slam is coming up soon, so here is my preliminary analysis of the sonnet that was chosen for me this time, #62.

Here it is again:

Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,
And all my soul and all my every part;
And for this sin there is no remedy,
It is so grounded inward in my heart.
Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,
No shape so true, no truth of such account;
And for myself mine own worth do define,
As I all other in all worths surmount.
But when my glass shows me myself indeed,
Beated and chopp’d with tann’d antiquity,
Mine own self-love quite contrary I read;
Self so self-loving were iniquity.
‘Tis thee, myself, that for myself I praise,
Painting my age with beauty of thy days.

My approach is to memorize the sonnet, even though it’s not required…

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