Sonnets and Songs


“All good love songs are sad,” Paul McCartney, who knew, once told this reporter. The mystery is that while what we want is love fulfilled, what we actually feel most deeply about is love frustrated.

What do Shakespeare’s love sonnets and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” have in common? The answer might just leave you breathless. Adam Gopnik at the New Yorker explains.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →