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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

By Shakespeare, I Think We Got It!

Happy Wednesday All,

Whoo-hoo! Your good wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts have rendered an idea for a blog post! (Thank you, God!)

This post has 2 sources to it.

The first one is the book I'm currently reading (not yet reached 100 pages and there's over 400, so I can't say much about it, just that I'm intrigued and enjoying it) called Juliet by Anne Fortier. 

The second one is my dear Critique Partner, Tess St. John's post on English History Authors Blog talking about Shakespeare sayings we still use (very good post, by the way, fascinating and fun!)

Shakespeare is a favorite of mine. I've read so many of plays--I've also seen several on stage. I've studied several in high school (probably 10?)

So anytime there's something with Shakespeare involved it always catches my attention. I don't know how many different Romeo & Juliet inspired books, plays, and ballets I've seen (oh the ballet is so beautiful!) I've seen The Taming Of The Shrew so many times, but I still laugh watching it.

You hear a lot about who Shakespeare pulled/"stole" from or whether or not he was the "original" author of something--but whether or not a story was "his" or someone else's doesn't seem to be the point to people who enjoy his work.

There's something about the stories, the words ("A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!"--Richard III ) and the passion behind the words that makes people come back again and again ("Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow..." -- MacBeth).

So, do you have a favorite Shakespeare play/sonnet?

Have A Witty Wednesday!

6 comments:

Tonette said...

Shakespeare is so rich,if you really read or get a chance to hear it done well.We used to take our sons north to Shakespeare in the Park and we would study the plays before we would see them.I want to start doing it with my grandson.
I guess I use"Me thinks he doth protest to loudly" more often than I should(!) and other quotes .As for rousing passages,I just don't think you can beat the "St.Crispin's Day" speech from Henry V, even though I am so not-warlike!
There is a reason why William S's work survives to this day.

Bethany said...

Tonette,

I know what you mean--I use quotes from him all the time. It's awesome! "St. Crispin's Day" IS a very rousing speech (and I'm not war-like either). You're right, there are good reasons why Shakespeare's work has survived as long as it has and continues to do so.

Thank you so much for dropping by :-)

jeff7salter said...

There's so many terrific quotes, it's difficult to narrow down.
I think Hamlet has the most which really hit home with me. Also MacBeth, and Merchant of Venice. Some of the battle speeches in Henry V.
Too many to mention. I took 2 or 3 semesters of Shakespeare in college, besides getting doses of him in other college lit classes. And, of course, in H.S. where we studied at least 3 of his plays.

I also like the Kenneth Brannaugh re-makes of the movie versions of sev. of his plays.

TessStJohn said...

Sonnet18! Although there are so many I like! I had a ball with that blog post, glad you enjoyed it!

I agree, Tonette, he was a man for all ages!

Bethany said...

Jeff,

Me too! During the day on Thursday his depiction of Benedict from "Much Ado About Nothing" was playing in my head.

That is so awesome you took so much Shakespeare--there's some great stuff in his work.

Thank you so much for dropping by :-)

Bethany said...

Tess,

It was such a fun post and I enjoyed reading it! Thank you so much for dropping by :-)