This lesson at the Folger took me by surprise when I saw it flash by my alerts. The idea is to take one of several sonnets (71, 144, 147, 148) and analyze them from the point of view of Macbeth or Lady Macbeth.
Interesting idea. Here's sonnet 71 for those that don't feel like following the links:
1. No longer mourn for me when I am dead
2. Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
3. Give warning to the world that I am fled
4. From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell:
5. Nay, if you read this line, remember not
6. The hand that writ it, for I love you so,
7. That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
8. If thinking on me then should make you woe.
9. O! if, I say, you look upon this verse,
10. When I perhaps compounded am with clay,
11. Do not so much as my poor name rehearse;
12. But let your love even with my life decay;
13. Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
14. And mock you with me after I am gone.
Am I supposed to say that this is Lady Macbeth's suicide note to her husband? Is that the idea? Master of Verona beat me to it a long time ago :).
Saturday, July 19, 2008