Wednesday, May 1, 2013

365 sonnets can't be all bad....right?

       With our 16th Annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Contest in full swing and the submissions pouring in, I thought we should look at some of the other ways that people are celebrating and sharing sonnets across the country and the world.

     We begin with "the sonnet project" presented by New York Shakespeare Exchange. For this entire year, they are releasing internet videos of all 154 sonnets, performed by 154 different actors in 154 locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City. They also will be releasing a full Sonnet Project Anthology, complete with special features: exploring the textual nuances of the language, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the creators and actors.  This year-long project will include a sonnet project Mobile App, sonnet-based walking tours and scavenger hunts.  Their goal is to reach 1 million people before April 23rd 2014- which will be Shakespeare's 450th birthday

        Learn more about "the sonnet project".

       Another sonnet project was born after a professor told his students it was practically impossible to write a bad sonnet 365 times in a row.  This is a challenge that this blogger took to heart.  Though there have been some hiatuses in his sonnet project blog, he has written over 580 sonnets in 7 years, and by his professor's statistic- at least 1.5 of those should be pretty good. 

         Lastly, a sonnet project from across the pond, in London, where sonnets were sent-

         By Air...
Photograph of The Sonnet Project.

           And By Sea...

Photograph of The Sonnet Project.
"On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose out ventures"
Julius Caesar Act IV Scene II
Photograph of The Sonnet Project.
"Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered"
Cymbeline Act  IV Scene III

           Each recipient of a traveling sonnet was asked to register the sonnet and their location on the "sonnet project" site.  One of the sonnets made it all the way to Christchurch, New Zealand which was 11,750 miles away from its launch spot.  

           I don't know about you, but if a Shakespeare sonnet dropped into my lap from above or floated softy to my feet, it would be counted among the magical moments of my life.  Then again, I am a huge dork. 
 (but I doubt I am alone in that)

-Sarah Carlson-Brown, Director of Education

Don't forget to enter our sonnet contest.  Click here for more information.

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