Love Sonnets (2023) The Readings Why Sonnets from the Portuguese Love Sonnets (2017) Development and Execution (2017) Retrospective (2017)

Love Sonnets

Grace Rose by Frederick Sandys: woman placing rose in vase

Frederick Sandys, Grace Rose (1866), courtesy Yale Center for British Art

34 Selections from
Sonnets from the Portuguese
and Other Sources

Saturday April 1, 2023
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wheaton Library
11701 Georgia Avenue
Multipurpose Room (132)

Love Sonnets is a poetry reading scheduled as part of National Poetry Month for Saturday April 1, 2023. A selection of 34 sonnets, primarily drawn from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese, will be read by Paul A. Clayton.

(This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government, being merely an offering to the public by the reader.)

There will be light refreshments, and each attendee (up to twenty) will receive a small gift bag that includes chocolates and a Dover Thrift Edition with poetry from Elizabeth Barrett Browning.


This is a second public reading of this selection, the first being held at the Silver Spring Library in April of 2017. Promotion of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese remains a significant motivation as does increasing others' appreciation for poetry, romantic love, and the library at which I work.

Additional motivation includes my enjoyment of doing such dramatic readings and the pleasure of gift-giving. I also took significant pride in the accomplishment of the 2017 program, and I hope that the reprising will also be done well and be well-received.

The 34 Sonnets

The following works will be read:

The complete text (along with some comments) is also available.


Food will include croissants, mini-scones, cheeses, crackers, chocolates, cookies, and other snackables. Drinks will include tea, hot chocolate (packets), pink lemonade, and water. (Those wishing to enjoy a good cup of coffee are encouraged to patronize Kefa Cafe in the same building as the library.)