Krishnan Venkatesh, tutor at St. John's, speaks on the Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Madness of Love.
There are really only two sonnet sequences in English that plumb the depths of love’s madness—Shakespeare’s Sonnets and George Meredith’s Modern Love. It is amazing what being in love can do to an otherwise reasonable person: all of a sudden we find ourselves tormented with desires and anxieties we didn't know we could have, or that we once had and thought we could outgrow. This evening we’ll study a handful of sonnets together in the hope of getting closer to Shakespeare's vision of “this crazy little thing called love.”
Krishnan Venkatesh has taught Western and Eastern Great Books at St. John’s College for almost thirty years. He is also a Shakespeare scholar, having spent several years on the minutiae of editions. Shakespeare has been central to his life for more than forty years, and at St. John's, reading the Works alongside writers like Plato and Montaigne has only deepened his respect for Shakespeare’s insight into the human condition.
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