On the whole plays vs poems thing, Carl just gave me the idea to search for “Shakespeare’s sonnet ##”. Want to know which ones are the most popular?
First is #1, which I suppose makes sense, gotta start somewhere.
Second is #20. That’s the, ahem, "gay one". That is, that’s the one that’s supposedly proof that Shakespeare’s homosexual.
Next comes #30. I have no idea why that one’s so special.
Then we get to some favorites:
#18 (“Shall I compare thee”, perhaps the most famous of them all)
#29 (“When in disgrace, with Fortune and men’s eyes”). I wonder if the Rufus Wainwright musical version has anything to do with that.
#73. I like this one.
#130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”).
#116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds….”) aka the Wedding Sonnet.
Although the order is questionable, I guess the only real surprise is #30. One of my experts out there want to enlighten us on why that one deserves to be in the top 10?