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Ooooh...I was browsing my friendsfriends list and came across a link to this - Alan Rickman reading Shakespeare's Sonnet 130. It's a great poem, and Alan Rickman... *wibbles* I need an Alan Rickman icon. Why don't I have one? Hmmm. Have an ASH one instead.

Sonnet 130:

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak,--yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress when she walks, treads on the ground;
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Anyway, it comes from this CD, which is lots of impressive famous Shakespearian people reading their favourite bits, along with some random music. Want.

(In a related item, having slight insomnia last night, I was listening to Anthony Head reading Mixed Magics by Diana Wynne Jones. Perfect combination. Must acquire more audiobooks. Must plug LibriVox again.)


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Dec. 17th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
I remember reading that sonnet in high school. It's beautiful. :)
Dec. 17th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
It is, especially with Alan Rickman's voice! I've listened to it three times today...
Dec. 17th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I know that CD. My English teacher brought it to class once. Good times...
Dec. 17th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
You mean it's been out for ages and I never knew? Argh! Must acquire immediately!

(That would be so cool to get in class. The best thing we ever got was the film of Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando.)
Dec. 17th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
I was lucky in that aspect, since my English teacher rocked. Remember Mr. Keating in Dead Poets' Society? That's him to a tee.

And yes, the CD has been out for a couple of years. We listened to it when I was in 12th grade, almost four years ago... geeze, time flies.
Dec. 17th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's one of the best of the DWJ tapes (the worst is Castle in the Air where the actor has the cadences all wrong).
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's the first one I've heard - I don't listen to audiobooks much. Pity about Castle In The Air, though.
Dec. 18th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! Hot sonnet action!
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Er, yeah...I might be weird in finding it hot :)
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