On April 14, 2016, Old Dominion University (ODU) opened its week-long celebration of Shakespeare with its public event “Shakespeare 400 Years After.” Convening the event was Dr. Imtiaz Habib, a… Read More»
As early as high school, Rob Vaughan, President of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, has been enchanted by Shakespeare, by the language and metaphors, and by the countless engaging performances.… Read More»
At the Old Dominion University “Shakespeare 400 Years After” inaugural reception on April 14, Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Margaret Vanderhye introduced the program by sharing how… Read More»
With this anniversary month fully underway, we turn to a sonnet beloved by many for its straightforward yet beautiful message on love: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. As you read through this… Read More»
As spring begins to blossom in full force, we turn to William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 33, which uses nature as a powerful example of the changing nature of life and how we can choose to address it.
Romeo and Juliet in Harlem is the first film adaptation of any Shakespeare play that stays true to the original language and text, and has a complete cast of color.
With the arrival of spring, it is difficult not to notice the beautiful, yet fleeting nature of the newly sprung surroundings. So, we turn to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73, which looks at… Read More»
Following Sonnet 130, we turn to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138, which portrays the benefits of a romantic relationship with another in a sour light. As you read through this sonnet, consider… Read More»
Love frequently appears throughout Shakespeare’s sonnets, though not all of them describe it in the same honeyed fashion. In William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, he turns away from certain poetic conventions, and in turn shapes a less kind, though also a less blinded, description of his mistress.
With Valentine’s Day still nearing, we turn again to a sonnet on love. This week, we chose Sonnet 29, Shakespeare’s reflection on love’s nature to heal and soothe those in its grip.