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April 29, 2005

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More Beautiful Than Shakespeare's Sonnets

Love. (Quicktime.) From MeFi.

Posted April 29, 2005 at 6:26 | Comments (7) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


I sent you an email with a one-minute MP3 of Helen Vendler reading one of Shakespeare's sonnets, the XXIXth. I didn't know how to get it to you otherwise. Please let me know if you think Blur's video is still more beautiful.

(Or was that a lyric from the song?)

Posted by: Carl Caputo on April 29, 2005 at 06:53 PM

Don't mind me, Carl, I'm just a twisted puppy. (Didn't get the MP3, but I've heard Helen Vendler recite Shakespeare. I was her student for a semester.)

BTW, also giving the sonnets a run for their money, President Bush performing a mash-up of "Imagine" and "Walk on the Wild Side." (From Boing Boing.)

My god man! You're out of control! So... many... good... links!

Seriously though -- is it just me or does the internet seem particularly alive with wonderful pieces of work lately? I mean REALLY lately -- like in the last month or so? Maybe it's just me.

You had a semester with Helen Vendler!? Jeeb-us Lou-eeb-us!

Have you written about that anywhere online? Seems a shame the fun internets rarely provide much depth, unless people are prepared to dig for it. I guess digging gets you depth, sure, but . . . Vendler is one of the finest critical minds in the last fifty years, and who knows anything about her?

Any stories to tell? Lessons learned?

Posted by: Carl Caputo on April 29, 2005 at 10:39 PM

Nope, Carl, I've never written about by Helen Vendler classes online. I've written pretty little about my academic experiences in general. But the Vendler class I took (English 10b) was one of those huge abysmal survey courses required for all English majors where you ostensibly go over half of English lit in 4 months. Also, I was a freshman, so I didn't really know what was going on. I audited a few of the star lectures in her "Poems, Poets, Poetry" class, and while they were good, I'd say I prefer my Vendler read, not spoken.

I would love to hear the MP3 of Ms.Vendler reading a sonnet if anyone would send it to me.

Posted by: Rory Feeney on November 20, 2005 at 06:40 AM

You've got mail.

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