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Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1081  Wednesday, 6 December 2006

[1]     From:     Stuart Manger <
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    Date:     Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 18:21:27 +0000 (GMT)
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?

[2]     From:     Markus Marti <
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    Date:     Tuesday, 05 Dec 2006 21:32:31 +0100
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[3]     From:     Sid Lubow <
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    Date:     Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 15:54:16 EST
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    Date:     Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 23:09:26 -0000
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[5]     From:     William Sutton <
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    Date:     Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 04:34:12 -0800 (PST)
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From:         Stuart Manger <
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Date:         Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 18:21:27 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?

O'Toole? Heaven forfend!  Is that supposed to be 'authentic' or what?
 
I am fed up with it being assumed that a 21st century British male actOR 
voice is the right one for the sonnets. Male, probably. But SE region of 
UK? a RADA voice? Why?
 
Wordsworth is always read like that on CD as well, but Wordsworth was a 
man of Westmorland, with a very distinctive accent, Coleridge spoke with 
a west-country British accent, and many people noted it in their life 
times. Hearing Wordsworth read not by a breathy, awe-struck RP actOR 
Brit, but in the earthier tones / accents of a present day Cumbrian is a 
revelatory experience. I know because I live among them.
 
Someone out of Northern Broadsides might be an interesting choice?
 
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Date:         Tuesday, 05 Dec 2006 21:32:31 +0100
Subject: 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?

I think the best reading of any sonnet would be done by a gender-wise 
unidentifiable computer-generated voice.

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From:         Sid Lubow <
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Date:         Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 15:54:16 EST
Subject:     Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?

Elliott Stone et al:

If one knows the story of the sonnets, one certainly must know when a 
woman is speaking.  Helen Vendler supplied a CD with her book, her own 
narration, which showed that she does not know the story.  Among others, 
she left out the vital one spoken by the woman of the sonnets, the 'dark 
lady' herself.

Technically speaking, Will was reading the sonnet, since it was a letter 
to him, but my screenplay will fade into the woman's voice after the 
first two lines of the letter, recognizing the fickle maid who talked up 
a storm and cried me a river, in the back story of the Sonnets, A 
Lover's Complaint.

"Think...Turning th' accomplishment of many years / Into an hour-glass."
H.V.i, chorus

Respectfully,
Sid Lubow

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From:         John Ramsay <
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Date:         Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 23:09:26 -0000
Subject: 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?

Not necessarily. Edna St Vincent Millay wrote fine sonnets and gave 
public readings of them.

It didn't undermine the effect that she was beautiful and wore 
breathtaking gowns either.

I'm sure there are many women actresses who could do a fine job with 
Shakespeare's sonnets.

John Ramsay

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From:         William Sutton <
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Date:         Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 04:34:12 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.1076 Ideal Reading of a Sonnet?

Or will it be the Cocteau Twins at the RSC next year? Perhaps this is a 
subjective generational thing. The CD recording of 'When love speaks' 
has a variety of voices male and female -- All of which are better than 
Helen Vendler offered us with her CD accompanying her brilliant book. She's
more of a scholar than reciter. (oblique Michael Jackson reference there 
from 'the girl is mine').

For my own humble attempts at reciting sonnets you can view an 
unautorised show I did at the Old Vic for free by going to: 
http://blog.iloveshakespeare.com and clicking the Old Vic link under the 
Pages section.

There is also a quiz of the first lines of Sh's Canon for those who like 
that sort of thing.

Merry Sinterklaas, everyone.

 From the Netherlands,
William Sutton

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