The History of Literature #259 Shakespeare’s Best | Sonnets 129 and 130 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame” and “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)

In the fourth and final installment of A Month of Shakespearean Sonnets, Jacke takes a look at two sonnets from the Dark Lady sequence, Sonnet 129 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame”) and Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”). Listen to the Shakespeare whom poet Don Paterson described as giving us “a terrific display of self-directed fury, raging away in the little cage of the sonnet like a spitting wildcat.”

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