Inspired by the hit podcast Song Exploder, Kevin and Dan spend this episode breaking down and analyzing Shakespeare's Sonnet #97.
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 every where!
And yet this time remov'd was summer's time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widow'd wombs after their lord's 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.
After populating the hockey team (episode 17), baseball team (episode 42), and casting this year's musical production of 1776 (episode 56) at Shakespeare High, Dan and Kevin turn to the gridiron to each draft their Fantasy Football teams with the remaining characters from the canon (boom).
This week we'll see fair and foul days, tread on the ground, and beg for comp meals for Shakespeare Chicago's Culinary Complete Works, where 38 of Chicago's most talented chefs each translate one of Shakespeare's plays into a featured dish, menu, or event at their restaurant.