Thursday, March 27, 2008

Poetry Friday

I was going to do a little Robert Frost this week, because it was the anniversary of his birthday on March 26th, plus the kids used his poems for their memorizations this week. But then I got distracted (while checking some old Safari bookmarks) by a YouTube clip I've kept for so long simply because of its affiliations with the ever so charming Time Lord to the left. I've watched it countless times. Then I figured that I could inflict that on some of you instead of the Frost. Ever so charming of me, I know.

Anyhow, to introduce the clip (since I can't get the Doctor to do it), I'm starting with a little sonnet written by Shakespeare. The following sonnet has a cameo in the (also following) YouTube clip. All this is clear as mud, no doubt.

Alright then, go read the sonnet...

Sonnet 130

My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun

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 damasked, 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.

You might have heard Sting sing this once upon a time. You might even have had a boyfriend, or girlfriend, quote bits of it in a love note. But I bet you've never heard it spoken quite like this (Kenneth Branagh, eat your heart out):

Poetry Friday is being hosted at Cuentesitos, where I see there are already some great poems to be checked out. Thanks for hosting, Gina, and I wish you many many more cancer-free years.


Kelly Fineman said...

Bravo! That clip was awesome! Thanks for sharing it, Sheila.

Heather said...

Oh my, I do like the way his accent becomes even more pronounced when he is...bothered. ;-)

Sara said...

Now that was funny. Shakespeare has so many uses, doesn't he? ;)

Nicola said...

That was brilliant - thanks for the laugh!

Michele said...

It's no wonder this sketch won an award... David's brilliant in it, but Catherine is absolutely freakin' awesome! I'm so looking forward to seeing her stint in Doctor Who...

sheila said...

Isn't this an awesome clip? I love it. I'm just glad there was an obvious way to work it into a Poetry Friday.

Michele said...

It really is an awesome clip - I know I used the poem for a Poetry Friday piece last year and raved about the sketch at the same time...

sheila said...

Really? I'm going to have to check that one out. After seeing your comments to Kelly, I checked out The Friday Night Project on YouTube but didn't see anything more recent than last year - but SO funny. Why isn't TV in Canada that amusing?

Michele said...

Yes - you should be able to find it via the Shakespeare tag, or just check March 07's Poetry Friday entries.

And click here for last night's FNP - the user Rosetylerrocks12 has it all up on her "channel".