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It really is amazing, this website. Read all 154 sonnets online, browse the picture gallery, and pick up boatloads of nifty facts about Shakespeare's work.
We'll give you the 411 on Shakespeare. Plus, we hook you up with links to other study guides, videos, pictures, and more.
If you've got an iPad, you're in luck. Touchpress has got a really cool app that lets you get crazy interactive with the sonnets.
Click here for tons of info on Will Shakespeare and a zillion links to other great websites.
In this performance, the speaker is a woman ranting and raving from a room in a psychiatric hospital. The video is from Shakespeare's Sonnets in the City.
Tangocentiric's performance at Celebrity Sonnets features music and dance and… straightjackets.
That's right. We said free.
You know. Just in case you forget the words.
This is pretty cool. You can scroll through images from one of the first editions online, with no need for a time machine.
The Folger Shakespeare Library has a nice edition that includes an introduction to each sonnet with some helpful notes. Check it out, compliments of GoogleBooks.
This one's edited by famous Shakespeare scholar Harold Bloom and gives a solid, overall introduction to the sonnets. It's also full of essays by other literary critics, too, if you're feelin' fancy.
Stephen Booth's edition of the sonnets (including analysis) was first published in 1977 and is an award-winning classic for a reason.
Movies & TV
This one's pretty cool. The made-for-television drama from the BBC explores the circumstances that may have led Shakespeare to write the sonnets.
A boatload of famous actors perform the sonnets. Bonus: it's available on DVD.
This four-part PBS series is more like a detective story than some boring old documentary and features a bunch of great actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company.