Shakespeare Sonnet #39 & Buzz 154 Project

The Buzz 154 Project:

“William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets and you are going to help me collect them all. The goal is to crowdsource short videos of literature lovers reading each and every one of those sonnets. All you need is a camera (smartphone cameras work fine) and a couple of minutes to participate.

In order to minimize the potential for duplication, please send me an email below and I will assign you a number. If you have a particular sonnet that you’d prefer to read, you may request and I’ll let you know if it still needs to be read. All videos will be featured on the Buzz Bookstore Youtube page so submission implies consent to post.

What is the purpose of this project? Simply to get reengaged with the full breadth of Shakespeare’s work beyond theater.

Click here to see all of the sonnets and fall in love with The Bard all over again.

UPDATE: Some of the videos have started coming in! Check them all out and get inspired for your own reading at the Buzz Bookstore Youtubechannel.”


Sonnet #39

O! how thy worth with manners may I sing,
When thou art all the better part of me?
What can mine own praise to mine own self bring?
And what is’t but mine own when I praise thee?
Even for this, let us divided live,
And our dear love lose name of single one,
That by this separation I may give
That due to thee which thou deserv’st alone.
O absence! what a torment wouldst thou prove,
Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave,
To entertain the time with thoughts of love,
Which time and thoughts so sweetly doth deceive, 
   And that thou teachest how to make one twain,
   By praising him here who doth hence remain.

~ by William Shakespeare


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