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You can watch this animated short with a larger picture here: [link] You'll want to watch it there for the links on the navigation menu to work properly.

In the year 1595, British poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) composed a series of sonnets which he titled Amoretti. This animated short is an adaptation of sonnet 75 of Amoretti translated into American Sign Language.

Not only is the language of the original sonnet archaic and beautiful, but also the concrete imagery and the concepts are quite romantic. For these reasons, I chose this sonnet as the subject of an animated short I wanted to make in American Sign Language.

This animation is the result of a collaborative project. Artists and other contributors in six different countries and eight states in the U.S. have contributed art, music, and linguistic consultation to this project. Please click on this [link] to learn more about these talented people.

The artists Rex in St. Petersburg, Russia; Kristan (kaykaykit) in New Brunswick, Canada; and Kris Lewis in the United States have especially contributed a lot of work to this project. Rex alone drew almost 100 keyframes of the sign language.

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Please note that the music in this animated short is copyrighted by their respective composers (my sister and one of my friends in Canada), and I received their permission to use their music in this collaboration.

The characters that appear in the animation are Tobermorey and Katie. You can click this [link] to learn more about them.

In addition to this animated short, you can visit my website to learn more about deafness and American Sign Language: [link]

This animation contains 532 Flash symbols and five Easter eggs.
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:iconeledina5:
eledina5 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
wow amazing how you made it for sign language people!
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SpaceHub Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Awesome! ^-^
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Dinolil1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is a lovely thing, I am deaf but don't sign but I am friends with many people who do sign and so this is a lovely thing!
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spostbanner Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
So beautiful...
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Breezeyheart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful... *starts to cry tears of joy.* I'm touched.... I'm going to show this to my mom. She took sign language in high school, and she still knows a good amount of sign language. So, I'm sure she'll love it.
Breezey:heart:~
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JayKitty12 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Artist
thats so wonderful :)
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JLindseyB Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow so cool!!!!
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bunny109 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
so sad and happy

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SavageTemptress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That was beautiful. ^^
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waterflamewerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
your good
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Stamps Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Thank you. =)
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:iconwaterflamewerewolf:
waterflamewerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
your welcome
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Rasmaha Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i like how you use sign language as well :D Keep it up :D
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Darkwolfhellhound Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i loved how you added sign language. XD
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MDLaygo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome, This is good your project.
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Reapermon12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I <3 this
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Byrdgirl13 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
absolutely amazing
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WolfieAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful
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StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This needs a dd or something... that was amazing! :)

~Leah~
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ColorOfCrazy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was beautiful.
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DevilRose556 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
i LOVE it :love:
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Forest-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thank you for this. I'm in an ASL group. I really appreciated this. :)
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destineythespaniel Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
i love it your art is beautiful
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FoxAircurrent Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I love the idea of using American Sign Language for this poem, both the poem, the language and culture around the language, contain such a beauty that really can't be described in words, or signing. I truely enjoyed watching this and I do belive I am going to show this to my Sign Language teacher to see what she thinks about it. I liked that you didn't have the exact meaning of each word/sentence, rather the concept of the sentences/words. Not a lot of people do that because they don't really know the ideas of concepts in Sign Language and even fewer use the amazing, visual language in things such as these. Thank you for displaying this so that others who do not know the beauty of the language of Sign may see it.
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Mayli-Song Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful. It's sweet and simple. Even though I don't know sign language, the animation of it in here is so smooth and well done. The poetry is wonderful and the voice natrrating in is very fitting. So gorgeous.
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Katsuye-Kara Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh my goodness! Is that ASL/Sign Language?! I've never seen that in an animated short before!! Awesome!! My Mom is an ASL interpreter, so I gotta show her this! She'll be sooo happy!
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Stamps Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
It is indeed American Sign Language. =) Hopefully, your mom can recognize some of the signs because I'm not that great of an artist. ^^;
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katgir Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
this is awesome
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jenniwarriorkitty Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
beauiful. just beautiful
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SimeonLeonard Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just wonderful. I know it's old and it has a million comments already but...wow. Nicely done.
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sarahrider Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA????????????????????????????????????????????????
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tailswolf12 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome!
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thehappymoocow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fantastic the non manual markers everything~ just wonderful
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Imaginisacats Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
snif snif did not understand anything! this in English I speak Portuguese of Brazil!
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Stamps Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
The English in this poem was written over 400 years ago, so it's very different than how we speak in English now.
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ResistContradiction Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
That was so sweet...
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Orsi10 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Coool
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Kyakyakit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Sorry to say good-bye... i will live umongst the hidden of all of you
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Kyakyakit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
So sorry to say good-bye to all of you... my saddness has washed upon the strand...
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Kyakyakit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Goodbye
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Bexster674 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Student Writer
Beautiful animation! And beautiful poem!
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epicnessdrawer123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that was very nice!!! great animations :D
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darusiaaa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
reallt nice liked it allot <Wow!>
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XxFueledByAlexX Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
It's beautiful =]
i love this so much =D
and I fell in love with Sonnet 75 =]
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Nero-Alventalda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You did an AWESOME job on this animation!
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feathers-of-light Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
i showed this to my asl teacher this morning, she liked it
i remember i used to think this was boring but now that im taking asl i think its really cool
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eellie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Awesome! c;'
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BloodtearplusRosiano Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student General Artist
wow, that's beautiful...
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Werepuppy26 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really random, but i just wanted to let u know; If it weren't for this, I never would have known about this poem, which has actually impacted my life... so i'd like to thank you for making this~!
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Stamps Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Really? Well, I'm glad you got something out of this poem. I think it is very succinct and well worded. I first came across it while studying British literature in college. You can read more about its origin in the description of the animation. ;)
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