Tony Addison’s LibriVox reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141 conjures the image and sound of an amorous robot or a cyborg’s love. The rhythmic regimentation and narrow melodic range suggest a techno setting. The bass line is the vocal DNA edited and realigned. Apologies to the Bard and dance floor!
In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But ‘tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who, in despite of view, is pleased to dote;
Nor are mine ears with thy tongue’s tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone:
But my five wits nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unswayed the likeness of a man,
Thy proud heart’s slave and vassal wretch to be.
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.