2. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn't much) and as she put it in front of me she would say, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1. pic.twitter.com/kDoMNhdqcI
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 22, 2020
You can follow along with Sir Patrick Stewart and read Shakespeare’s sonnets on The Folger Shakespeare site, which has the same expertly-edited text as the print Folger edition that he is using in his videos. The Folger Shakespeare site also provides an introduction to the sonnets, textual notes, a helpful guide to Shakespeare’s language, and more.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 6, 2020
Read the rest of editors Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine’s introduction to the sonnets, which Patrick Stewart quotes in this video.
To learn more about Shakespeare’s sonnets, listen to the Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited interview with Jane Kingsley-Smith and read an excerpt from her recently published book, The Afterlife of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
As if you needed another excuse to read the sonnets, April is National Poetry Month. Tell us your favorite sonnet in the comments below.