4.23.17 The Sonnet

From the Italian “sonnetto,” the word sonnet means “a little sound or song:” a classic poetic form that has been around for centuries. On this week’s edition of melodically challenged, the day after Shakespeare’s birthday, we explore the sonnet from a rendition of one of the first sonnets by Petrarch to today’s contemporary sonnets.




Sweet wandering bird – Francesco Petrarch read by Anton Lesser

Holy Sonnet V – I am a little world made cunningly – John Donne

On his Blindness – John Donne

When, In Disgrace With Fortune And Men’s Eyes – Rufus Wainwright

When Love Speaks – The Sonnets

Bright Star! Would I Were Steadfast As Thou Art – John Keats performed by Samuel West with Matthew Marsh

When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be – John Keats performed by Samuel West and Matthew Marsh

The world is too much with us – William Wordsworth

God’s Grandeur – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Spring – Sean O’Leary

Spring – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Felix Randal – Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Peter Fontaine

Sonnet 6 Go From Me. Yet I Feel – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 38 First Time He Kissed Me – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 43 How Do I Love Thee? – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day – William Shakespeare read by Bryan Ferry

What my lips have kissed, and where, and why – Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Thread of Life – Christina Rosetti

Long-Distance Sonnet – Peter Kline

Hinged Double Sonnet for the Luna Moths – Sean Nevin

The Ring – Carrie Jerrell

The Recessional – Carrie Jerrell

He Pays the Bill at the Sidewalk Café – Tony Barnstone

What Her Father Said – Tony Barnstone

Worn – Tony Barnstone

Learning to Wait – Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

Testing Gardening – Marie Ponsot

No More Be Grieved At That Which Thou Hast Done – William Shakespeare performed by Keb’ Mo’

When Love Speaks – The Sonnets

Sonnet[Nothing was ever…] – Karen Volkman

Oil and Steel – Henri Cole

American Sonnet (35) – Wanda Coleman

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