Poetry at the Post: Shakespeare at The Betsy

Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been
How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
And yet this time remov’d was summer’s time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem’d to me
But hope of orphans and unfather’d fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.

Ocean Drive photo by Chensiyuan
Ocean Drive
photo by Chensiyuan


February 15-16, 2016, The Betsy Hotel
South Beach, Florida

Seeking papers or panels on any aspect of early modern studies and literature for Shakespeare across the Divide, the first annual symposium at the landmark Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Florida.

Shakespeare across the Divide will explore Shakespeare across borders and demarcations, alongside his contemporaries as well as into new and current contexts. We also welcome work that explores beyond Shakespeare to develop the early modern period and studies. Especially welcome, given our location, will be work on the Spanish Golden Age, England and Spain in contact in the Caribbean, and interrogations of the early modern and the African Atlantic.

In ictu oculi (
In ictu oculi (“In the blink of an eye”) a vanitas by Juan de Valdés Leal

Submit 250 word abstracts by September 31, 2015. 

If you have any questions, please contact Vernon Dickson at vdickson@fiu.edu.

To register for the symposium, please send a check for $125 made out to “FIU Foundation English Discretionary” and add the note “Donation for Shakespeare Symposium” care of:

Gretter Machin
English Department, FIU
Modesto Maidique Campus, DM 453
11200 SW 8 Street
Miami, FL 33199

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