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Published on Jan 20, 2013
'My Mistress' Eyes are nothing Like The Sun' read by David Shaw-Parker:~ Shakespeare is expressing the kind of love that has nothing to do with the beloved's looks. He satirises the usual way of expressing love for a woman -- praising her lips and her hair, the way she walks, and all the things that a young man may rave about when he thinks about his beloved. What he does is invert those things, assert that his beloved is ugly, ungainly, bad-smelling etc, but ends by saying that his love for her is as 'rare' as that of any young man who writes flatteringly about the object of his love.
David Shaw-Parker trained at RADA and began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977. His recent theatre appearances include My Fair Lady, The False Servant and Oedipus Rex at The Royal National Theatre and The Country Wife, Acorn Antiques, Heavenly Ivy and Uncle Vanya in London's West End. He has recorded extensively for BBC radio and in 1992 was invited to join The Muppet's voice team to play Joe the Spider in The Muppet's Christmas Carol. http://www.davidshaw-parker.com