Enter the spirit of autumn and winter by making a recording of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and sharing it with the digital world.

Here's how...

Yellow leaves do hang upon those boughs which shake against the cold (c) 16231. Make a recording of the sonnet with your smartphone. Read it, perform it, rap it or sing it. Add sounds, ambience or music. Make it your own. Here are the words:

SONNET 73 by William Shakespeare

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

Thou see'st the glowing of such fire that on the ashes of his youth doth lie (c) 16232. Once you've created your audio file, send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll upload it to Audioboo.

3. Have a listen to the other recordings on Audioboo and leave your comments on there.

Make sure that you take ownership of the sonnet and put your own stamp on the recording.

The words of Shakespeare are ours!

Please send your audio file to us by Friday 8 February 2013. Thank you.

 

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