Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The first of a series of programmes in which Simon Callow's reading explores the hidden drama of the sonnets by following a radical reordering by John Padel. Believing that the mysterious W H is William Herbert, it suggests that the poems were initially commissioned to convince W H to marry. The later passions and anguish of the poems then reveal the poet.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Sonnets and Poems
  • Channel: BBC Radio 3
  • Duration: 14'46''
  • Broadcast date: 1994

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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