Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets Aloud at Kimball Library


Communities / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT

AMY LEAVITT AMY LEAVITT Kimball Library and Amy Leavitt, a voice and speech teacher, will offer a free evening of reading aloud Shakespeare’s sonnets Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. downstairs in Kimball Library on Main Street in Randolph.

“Within 14 lines, the sonnets of Shakespeare express the sweetness, anguish, passion, betrayals, lust, power, sorrows, and joys of love,” said Leavitt. “They bear testament to the fullness of our shared humanity.”

The sonnet, one of the oldest, strictest, and most enduring poetic forms, comes from the Italian word “sonetto,” meaning “little song.” Leavitt will show that to plumb the depths of a Shakespeare sonnet, the speaker must meet the text physically and with full attention. Using practical exercises to explore imagery, rhyme, rhythm, and rhetorical figures of speech, the group will explore the power of the sonnet.

Although the sonnets speak a heightened emotional language, readers will seek to discover simplicity and clarity of delivery. This is not an academic exercise but a rich, on-your-feet, in-your-body experience. Wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to move, use your voices, and have fun. Everyone is welcome, and prior experience with Shakespeare is not required.

A resident of Bethel, Leavitt is a Registered Rodenburg Teacher (RRT) at the Rodenburg Center for Voice and Speech, affiliated with the Michael Howard Studio in New York City. She specializes in training actors and others to develop the full power of their vocal presence through an understanding of the powerful relationship between the voice and the body.

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