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Thought of the week: Sonnet 15

Each week during lockdown, Artistic Director Michelle Terry shares a Shakespearean quote and reflects on the personal and universal meaning of the words

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Earlier this week I had the immense honour of talking to Peter Brook, and amongst many things, we talked about the sonnets, the power and potency of language, and the beauty of a string of words that create poetry.

We talked about the power of Shakespeare and how each word contains a whole world, that leads on to the next word and the next world…. and as each new thought emerges, there is the gentle hum of a voice that sings:

“Go on. Tell me more. Yes. Go on.”

He quoted the first line of sonnet 15 and I couldn’t remember the second. Well here it is and it couldn’t be more important. Everything that grows, holds in perfection but a little moment. We have so many little moments now, and if we can take time to consider them, somewhere in there is perfection.

So as the sun sets on a spring sky and despite being told not to, my filthy over-tired three year old climbs over me and the sofa, screaming  “Why has Forest Johnson closed my school?! I want snack time!!!!!”…. I stop. I consider. I turn my phone to silent and reach for the very large glass of wine:

“Go on. Tell me more. Yes. Go on”.

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When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment.

– Sonnet 15



Each week during the UK lockdown, our Artistic Director Michelle Terry shares her Thought of the Week.

Using Shakespeare’s language, Michelle reflects on the individual and universal meaning of the words. By giving personal and emotional insight, she uses the quote to relate to, and express, the mood of this uncertain time.


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