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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

These sonnets, only 14 lines long, explore love, desire, mortality and the fragility of physical beauty, and are full of wit. Each student will choose a sonnet and find how the structure of the poem helps to perform it with confidence. Shakespeare explores both the joy of fulfilled love and the anguish of jealousy when the beloved is believed to be deceitful. It has been suggested by many biographers that these sonnets seem to ’speak in his own voice’. Whether this is true or not, the sonnets have been admired and loved ever since they were published in 1609. 


Course dates

28 Jul 2024 to 03 Aug 2024

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

23 Jun 2024

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code