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This internet archive features the complete texts of all of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Somebody apparently put the sonnet to music. And made a video for it. The waves-breaking-on-the-shore imagery kind of seems to miss the point of the whole "anchored in the bay where all men ride" idea—but maybe that’s just us.
Here's a video with photos of an original manuscript of Shakespeare's Sonnets.
Here's a cool take on the typical reading video.
Here's a competent reading, in an appropriate accent no less.
Great voice, but for some strange reason he changes "ride" to "die" in line 6.
This image of the "blind fool, Love" comes from Sandro Botticelli’s painting La Primavera.
This Renaissance illustration shows that Cupid’s arrow could strike women as well as men.
Check out the "Sanders Portrait," which some people believe may be a portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime.
British police sketch-artist lady uses computer to create image of what Shakespeare might have looked like as a teenager. Cool.
Scroll down to get an image of the first edition of the Sonnets, along with a discussion of its mysterious dedication.
This accessible poem-by-poem commentary by one of America’s leading poetry critics is essential reading on Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Highly recommended by Shmoop.
The world-famous author of A Clockwork Orange takes on the mystery of Shakespeare’s love-life. A fictional imagining of the life behind the sonnets.
Movies & TV
This documentary follows a group of New York acting students as they explore 15 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
This documentary film tells the story of a newly discovered portrait thought to be the only portrait of Shakespeare painted from life.