shakespeare's sonnets

medial translation

there are uncountable aproaches to the treasures of shakespeare's sonnets. working with literatary material of this dimension i wanted to translate rather then interprete the lines into a new medial concept.

i left the order of all lines untouched. the principle of the perfrmance is a cronological reading starting from a random point within the material.

the dialog form

most of todays writing takes place in electronic and online media. a today's william s. could be a writer in a chat system writing fantastic poems and getting an echo from an unknown and remote side.

the sonnets are transformed into a dialog of an online conversation. the art of expression is a very temporary one. lines of beautiful language disppeare into the electronic void. history becomes a questions of minutes rather than centuries.

the structure

don't wait for an end. there is none. eSonnets are looped.




the eSonnets

a time-stamped live-chat

while working at this project i found out that many users of my site found it too dangerous and technically too demanding to download a piece of software from a site that they did not exactly know.

the fear of buying a troyan horse is greater than curiosity. to meet the different attitudes there are now two different versions of the eSonnets:

becca&william 1.0

the most multimedial version with sound. that's why the presentation file is about 760kb. the presentation can be viewed on windows-pc and macintosh-based browsers with a shockwave plugin.


click here for the sound version.

becca&william 2.0

this is a sole html and javascript version. it has no sound. the structure of version 2 matches version 1 minus the sound.


click here for the interactive html version.


shakespeare links

direct links:

• shakespeare's sonnets explained
the sonnets discussion deck
the amazing site of shakespeare's sonnets
shakespeare's globe research database
concordances of shakespeare
the shakespeare birthplace trust
shakespeare institute
shakespeare multimedia research project

literature on the net:

gutenberg project




due to the dynamics of the electronic medium and the forthgoing changes of contents the author of this page is not responsible for the content of any linked page and their sub-pages.

algorithm and copyright on this presentation
stefan maskiewicz 2002

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©2002-2004 stefan maskiewicz
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searchengines links: vers.1 & vers.2