Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day!

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day – the little fundraiser with a LOT OF HEART.

How does it work? 

  • Pick a sonnet: 1829105, or 116
  • Purchase the sonnet for a loved one. It’s just $25.
  • On Valentine’s Day, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm EST, a talented and charming Shakespeare Kid (age 7 – 12) will call your Valentine and recite the sonnet with a heart full of love!
  • A Shakespeare Kid will also sign and mail a personalized copy of the sonnet to your Valentine!

All proceeds will go to Shakespeare in Action’s educational programs, which have served thousands of Toronto youth.

Sonnets can be sent to Canada and the US, and are available till February 13, 2015, 5pm EST, while quantities last.

Sonnet 29 – (an example of what Shakespeare Kids recite)

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,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

A 6-year-old’s translation (part of the learning process)

When I feel bad,
I feel really sad
And curse myself.
I want that man’s clothes,
I want that man’s power,
And I want that man’s art.
But when I think of you,
I become happy.
I don’t need all of that stuff.
I love my sister, my brother,
My mother, my father.
I don’t want to change places
With the King.

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