Turning Shakespeare’s sonnets into short films

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, we celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – and death – with some of the Bard’s sonnets, transformed into short films by the New York Shakespeare Exchange.

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  • Editor’s note:

    It was incorrectly stated that Shakespeare was born 401 years ago. He was born 451 years ago.


    Finally, to our NewsHour shares of the day, something that caught our eye that might be of interest to you, too.

    For literature lovers – it's Shakespeare day.

    When the bard died on this day in 1616, he left behind 154 sonnets.

    The "New York Shakespeare Exchange" a group that brings Shakespeare to modern audiences – has been making short films of those poems, using different actors and locations across the city.

    Historians believe Shakespeare was also born on this day 401 years ago.

    To mark the occasion we compiled some sonnets you might recognize.

    Here's a look.


    Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.

  • ACTOR:

    When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies, that she might think me some untutor'd youth, unlearned in the world's false subtleties.

  • ACTOR:

    When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, and trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, and look upon myself, and curse my fate.


    O let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presagers of my speaking breast, who plead for love and look for recompense more than that tongue that more hath more express'd. O, learn to read what silent love hath writ: to hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.

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