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William Braithwaite's "On Reading Poetry Aloud" Annapolis Lecture

Posted by Brianne Leith on July 3, 2014

"What is the sound of authenticity in speech?"

William Braithwaite's July 3 lecture, "On Reading Poetry Aloud: Some Lessons from Shakespeare's As You Like It," explored the connection between reciting poetry from memory and reading it aloud. He discussed how studying the poetry in Shakespeare’s As You Like It might help when reading Sonnet 116 out loud.



According to Braithwaite:

"In the play, Orlando writes bad lover’s poetry, which others mock and criticize, including his beloved, Rosalind. Will he keep on writing poetry after their marriage at the end of the play? I’ll propose that Sonnet 116, about “the marriage of true minds,” suggests that he might not." 

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