Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets

The 154 sonnets that Shakespeare penned are some of the most famous in the world. But have you ever heard them all?

This podcast series will take you through them one by one in easy 15 minute installments. The show’s two hosts, and maybe one or two special guests, will read through the sonnet and talk about what it means to them and what they feel about it.

You can listen as the hosts increase their knowledge of the sonnets while providing an entertaining and enlightening experience for you.

Available on iTunes, this website by selecting the links to the right and with any RSS reader:

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  1. Sonnet 000: Introduction
  2. Sonnet 001: From fairest creatures we desire increase
  3. Sonnet 002: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
  4. Sonnet 003: Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
  5. Sonnet 004: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
  6. Sonnet 005: Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
  7. Sonnet 006: Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface
  8. Sonnet 007: Lo! in the orient when the gracious light
  9. Sonnet 008: Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?
  10. Sonnet 009: Is it for fear to wet a widow’s eye
  11. Sonnet 010: For shame deny that thou bear’st love to any
  12. Sonnet 011: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest
  13. Sonnet 012: When I do count the clock that tells the time
  14. Sonnet 013: O! that you were your self; but, love, you are
  15. Sonnet 014: Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck
  16. Sonnet 015: When I consider every thing that grows
  17. Sonnet 016: But wherefore do not you a mightier way
  18. Sonnet 017: Who will believe my verse in time to come
  19. Sonnet 018: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
  20. Sonnet 019: Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws
  21. Sonnet 020: A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted
  22. Sonnet 021: So is it not with me as with that Muse
  23. Sonnet 022: My glass shall not persuade me I am old
  24. Sonnet 023: As an unperfect actor on the stage
  25. Sonnet 024: Mine eye hath play’d the painter and hath steel’d
  26. Sonnet 025: Let those who are in favour with their stars
  27. Sonnet 026: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
  28. Sonnet 027: Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
  29. Sonnet 028: How can I then return in happy plight
  30. Sonnet 029: When in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes
  31. Sonnet 030: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
  32. Sonnet 031: Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts
  33. Sonnet 032: If thou survive my well-contented day
  34. Sonnet 033: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
  35. Sonnet 034: Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
  36. Sonnet 035: No more be grieved at that which thou hast done
  37. Sonnet 036: Let me confess that we two must be twain
  38. Sonnet 037: As a decrepit father takes delight
  39. Sonnet 038: How can my muse want subject to invent
  40. Sonnet 039: O! how thy worth with manners may I sing
  41. Sonnet 040: Take all my loves, my love, yea take them all
  42. Sonnet 041: Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits
  43. Sonnet 042: That thou hast her it is not all my grief
  44. Sonnet 043: When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
  45. Sonnet 044: If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
  46. Sonnet 045: The other two, slight air, and purging fire
  47. Sonnet 046: Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
  48. Sonnet 047: Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took
  49. Sonnet 048: How careful was I when I took my way
  50. Sonnet 049: Against that time, if ever that time come
  51. Sonnet 050: How heavy do I journey on the way
  52. Sonnet 051: Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
  53. Sonnet 052: So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
  54. Sonnet 053: What is your substance, whereof are you made
  55. Sonnet 054: O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
  56. Sonnet 055: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
  57. Sonnet 056: Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
  58. Sonnet 057: Being your slave what should I do but tend
  59. Sonnet 058: That god forbid, that made me first your slave
  60. Sonnet 059: If there be nothing new, but that which is
  61. Sonnet 060: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore
  62. Sonnet 061: Is it thy will, thy image should keep open
  63. Sonnet 062: Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
  64. Sonnet 063: Against my love shall be, as I am now
  65. Sonnet 064: When I have seen by Time’s fell hand defaced
  66. Sonnet 065: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
  67. Sonnet 066: Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
  68. Sonnet 067: Ah! wherefore with infection should he live
  69. Sonnet 068: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
  70. Sonnet 069: Those parts of thee that the world’s eye doth view
  71. Sonnet 070: That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect
  72. Sonnet 071: No longer mourn for me when I am dead
  73. Sonnet 072: O! lest the world should task you to recite
  74. Sonnet 073: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
  75. Sonnet 074: But be contented when that fell arrest
  76. Sonnet 075: So are you to my thoughts as food to life
  77. Sonnet 076: Why is my verse so barren of new pride
  78. Sonnet 077: Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
  79. Sonnet 078: So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse
  80. Sonnet 079: Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid
  81. Sonnet 080: O! how I faint when I of you do write
  82. Sonnet 081: Or I shall live your epitaph to make
  83. Sonnet 082: I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
  84. Sonnet 083: I never saw that you did painting need
  85. Sonnet 084: Who is it that says most, which can say more
  86. Sonnet 085: My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still
  87. Sonnet 086: Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
  88. Sonnet 087: Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing
  89. Sonnet 088: When thou shalt be disposed to set me light
  90. Sonnet 089: Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault
  91. Sonnet 090: Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now
  92. Sonnet 091: Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
  93. Sonnet 092: But do thy worst to steal thyself away
  94. Sonnet 093: So shall I live, supposing thou art true
  95. Sonnet 094: They that have power to hurt and will do none
  96. Sonnet 95: How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
  97. Sonnet 096: Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
  98. Sonnet 097: How like a winter hath my absence been
  99. Sonnet 098: From you have I been absent in the spring
  100. Sonnet 099: The forward violet thus did I chide
  101. Sonnet 100: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget’st so long
  102. Sonnet 101: O truant Muse what shall be thy amends
  103. Sonnet 102: My love is strengthened, though more weak in seeming
  104. Sonnet 103: Alack! what poverty my Muse brings forth
  105. Sonnet 104: To me, fair friend, you never can be old
  106. Sonnet 105: Let not my love be called idolatry
  107. Sonnet 106: When in the chronicle of wasted time
  108. Sonnet 107: Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
  109. Sonnet 108: What’s in the brain that ink may character
  110. Sonnet 109: O! never say that I was false of heart
  111. Sonnet 110: Alas! ’tis true, I have gone here and there
  112. Sonnet 111: O! for my sake do you with Fortune chide
  113. Sonnet 112: Your love and pity doth the impression fill
  114. Sonnet 113: Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
  115. Sonnet 114: Or whether doth my mind, being crowned with you
  116. Sonnet 115: Those lines that I before have writ do lie
  117. Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
  118. Sonnet 117: Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
  119. Sonnet 118: Like as, to make our appetites more keen
  120. Sonnet 119: What potions have I drunk of Siren tears
  121. Sonnet 120: That you were once unkind befriends me now
  122. Sonnet 121: ‘Tis better to be vile than vile esteem’d
  123. Sonnet 122: Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
  124. Sonnet 123: No! Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
  125. Sonnet 124: If my dear love were but the child of state
  126. Sonnet 125: Were’t aught to me I bore the canopy
  127. Sonnet 126: O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
  128. Sonnet 127: In the old age black was not counted fair
  129. Sonnet 128: How oft when thou, my music, music play’st
  130. Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
  131. Sonnet 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun
  132. Sonnet 131: Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
  133. Sonnet 132: Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me
  134. Sonnet 133: Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
  135. Sonnet 134: So now I have confessed that he is thine
  136. Sonnet 135: Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will
  137. Sonnet 136: If thy soul check thee that I come so near
  138. Sonnet 137: Thou blind fool Love, what dost thou to mine eyes
  139. Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth
  140. Sonnet 139: O call not me to justify the wrong
  141. Sonnet 140: Be wise as thou art cruel: Do not press
  142. Sonnet 141: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes
  143. Sonnet 142: Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate
  144. Sonnet 143: Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch
  145. Sonnet 144: Two loves I have, of comfort and despair
  146. Sonnet 145: Those lips that Love’s own hand did make
  147. Sonnet 146: Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
  148. Sonnet 147: My love is as a fever, longing still
  149. Sonnet 148: O me! What eyes hath love put in my head
  150. Sonnet 149: Canst thou, O cruel, say I love thee not
  151. Sonnet 150: O, from what power hast thou this powerful might
  152. Sonnet 151: Love is too young to know what conscience is
  153. Sonnet 152: In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn
  154. Sonnet 153: Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep
  155. Sonnet 154: The little Love-god lying once asleep

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