Friday, June 1, 2012

Judi Dench reads "Love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds"

     Let me not to the marriage of true minds
     Admit impediments. Love is not love
     Which alters when it alteration finds,
     Or bends with the remover to remove:
     O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
     That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
     It is the star to every wandering bark,
     Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
     Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
     Within his bending sickle's compass come:
     Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
     But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
        If this be error and upon me proved,
        I never writ, nor no man ever loved

                   Sonnet 116

It seems Judi Dench remarked to the BBC’s James Naughtie that she liked to read a Shakespeare sonnet every day, so he asked her to recite just one. She obliged with sonnet 116.  Apparently this happened impromptu
on 23rd May at a Royal Academy party marking the contribution of the creative arts in Britain during the last 60 years, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

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