Sonnets and Sweets Tradition

V. Parker
From US English teacher Susan Doran:

On Thursday, the 20th Annual Sonnets and Sweets was held at my house for the long-running senior honors seminar: Shakespeare.  As per tradition, each student performs an individual sonnet in front of the fireplace, and the group then adjourns to feast on such sweet treats as Ophelia's Pure White Chocolate Cheesecake and Iago's Malevolent Mocha Tart.  As the sun sets, they talk of what King Lear called, "the mystery of things," and reflect on their time with the Bard. As senior Kristen Beaumonte said, "I began my literary study in Mrs. Doran's English class interpreting Sonnet 18, and it is fitting that I'm ending my journey reciting the exact same sonnet. It will forever live with me."

L to R seated—Kristen Beaumonte, Chloe Kekejian, Amelia Wyckoff, Elizabeth Laub, Claire Wilson, Sarah Powless, Alexandra Schwartz
L to R standing—Bilal Memon, Max Lyakovetsy, Leo Van Munching, Doran, Lucia Wiggers, Dominic De Marco, Jack Halsey

Classmates not able to attend—John Wisdom, Sydney Adamsen

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