Sonnet 18 is one of the best-known of the 154 sonnets written by William Shakespeare.
In the sonnet the poet compares his beloved 爱人 to the summer season, and argues that his beloved is better. The poet also states that his beloved will live on forever through the words of the poem.
There are lots of great poems written in the same era. But what are the main differences between English poems and Chinese poems from the 16-17th century?
Sonnet 18 has been translated into lots of different Chinese versions.
What are the main challenges for translating Shakespearean sonnets?
Liu Lei, an expert in Shakespeare studies from Tianjin university, shares her views with Yang Li and William.
Today's S words features a well-known phrase 'love is blind'. But do you know where it came from?
As you listen try to answer these questions. The answers are at the bottom of this page.
1. How many lines does a sonnet have?
2. Compared with Chinese poems Shakespeare's sonnet seems quite cerebral. The word cerebral means that it has something to do with _____.
3. What is the first line of Shakespeare's sonnet 18?
Today's S Words features a well-known phrase 'love is blind'. 爱情是盲目的。
But do you know where it came from?
Next week we will discuss Shakespeare the Comedian.
Answers to the Questions:
2. the mind/ intellect
3. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day.