Shakespeare Calls at 4AM After Getting Too Drunk to Drive Home From the Bar

I started to think about Shakespeare’s sonnets in the context of the moment in Frank O’Hara’s essay, “Personism: A Manifesto” when he says that he could have just as well called someone over the phone rather than writing the poem that he did.

To be fair, I was in the shower, and we always have these kinds of mental exercises when we take showers (there are blogs about that), but think about it. What would Shakespeare be like if he had access to the telephone? Even if the Fair Youth, Dark Lady, or Rival Poet are all for our intents and purposes characters within the poems and Shakespeare himself is not the speaker–we approach everything assuming that the poet is not the speaker here, even if, like O’Hara, they really want us to think they are–it can be fun to imagine the sonnets as telephone calls that Shakespeare might have made.



Author: jillboger

Part time writer. Editor-in-Chief for the Bridge volume 13, former EIC for The Odyssey at BSU. My glasses protect my secret identity.

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