Iamb What I Am

On Tuesday, April 20 at noon, 16 actors will appear at the Library of Congress’ Whittall Pavilion to deliver more world-famous iambic pentameter than you can shake a spear at.

It’s the annual Shakespeare’s Birthday reading, a chapter in the “Poetry at Noon” series presented by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center.  (It’s Shakespeare’s 446th.)

The actors, from the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University, will not only deliver the words but will act them out for the audience – wordplay may be joined by swordplay.

Poetry at Noon is free and open to the public.  The Whittall Pavilion is on the ground floor (for all you groundlings) of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C.


  1. Stephen Haliczer
    April 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I strongly approve the decision by the Library of Congress to archive Twitter feeds. But what of the postings on the Facebook Walls of both individual profiles and company and institutional Pages. Just to give one example, I am presently creating an original historical essay comparing and contrasting the sexual abuse crisis with the Reformation. I add posts almost every day and have acquired almost 200 fans so far.

    My essay may well be the first or one of the first examples of original historical scholarship created in this medium.


    Stephen H. Haliczer Ph.D.
    Distinguished Research Professor
    Northern Illinois University

  2. Matt Raymond
    April 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

    The Library has no plans at this time to seek, en masse, the acquisition of additional archives from social-media sites.

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