13 thoughts on “Of Shakespeare on Life

  1. Shakespeare is God in my eyes. I have read every work of his and loved everyone. Hamlet and Macbeth are my ultimate favourite’s. I wish he was still alive today so I could pick his brain ! Weird thought but I am sure you know what I mean! Great post (:

    1. I sure do! He is also very influential in my life, and you can never really run out of inspiration or food for thought (and feeling) when you read him. My favourites are Macbeth and Hamlet as well!

      1. So influential! It is so sad because not many young people read much Shakespeare these days (only rarely in school) and that is so sad to me. I am young myself and Shakespeare’s work has always transfixed me and made me feel the most intense feelings and it is a shame that the younger generation hardly read his work no more! I am so sorry for ranting there though I had no idea where that came from but yes, hamlet and Macbeth are his best work. Have you seen the new Macbeth movie? (:

      2. No, is it out yet? I have to see it! I’ve only seen the Shakespeare Re-Told version. I am very interested to see how Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender go about it.

        I completely share your passion. My first experience of reading Shakespeare unabridged was with Julius Caesar as a school text. The experience was awful, but luckily I had read the Charles and Mary Lamb abridgements as a child to still feel a desperate need to like Shakespeare, no matter how badly it was taught. By my own efforts, I gladly made it through, and it has been smooth sailing ever since. We did The Tempest next in school, which was such a wonderful experience. I also read the rest and studied a few in university. What makes me really sad is that people are so afraid to read him in his own words, young and old. They’ll watch all the Hiddlestons and Cumberbatches in films using the actual text, but they still don’t want to pick it up and read it themselves. And they usually put it down to bad experiences in school. I wish there was something that could be done about it, though there are films and many blogs making it increasingly accessible to people, which gives me some hope.

        (P.S. Any English teachers reading this, I hope this doesn’t cause offence! I am sure you do your very best with students, and I am only talking about some students who haven’t been so fortunate to always have talented teachers!)

      3. This is so important for you to say. I one hundred percent agree with everything you just wrote and you wrote it perfectly I may add. My first experience with Shakespeare (like you) was in school and it was with Macbeth. It was taught awfully to me, in fact, it was barely taught at all. All my English teacher did was put on a DVD and we watched that every session. Only interpreting the odd sentence. This saddens me because Shakespeare is meant to be read first and then seen as a play or vice versa. Students shouldn’t be given modern movie adaptations because it does not reflect Shakespeare’s work and does not show how creative and wonderful he is. Because he is! He is incredible. I wish so much that people would put their fears aside and read the plays in their original text without fear of not being able to understand. Shakespeare, and like any classical literature is mostly supposed to be interpreted by the reader. As a reader you interpret it how you see and read it. It is a reading experience one that nobody should miss out on. But sorry, I am rambling now! Just Shakespeare is so incredible and I wish that it was taught better in school so that students could fall in love with it just as I finally did when I went away, read the original texts and studied it for myself.

      4. I have written a post on this before. I’ll link it below if you are interested. I’ve never had the opportunity to teach or research Shakespeare formally (I have an M.A. in Eng. Lit) but teaching my cousin The Merchant of Venice, in detail, really opened my eyes to the situation. When I was 14, I was at least passionate about reading and writing. But, interacting with someone that age who couldn’t care less, taught me so much about how delicate and challenging a situation like this is – teaching someone their first Shakespeare play. Ultimately, I was successful in getting through to her, and she scored very well. More importantly, she really ended up caring for that play, its dialogue and characters, even if she may never read another again. I’ve been inspired to make a podcast series on this blog since, to discuss some Shakespeare extracts casually to get people interested to read the real thing, but I still haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hopefully I will before the year ends!
        Here’s the post: https://ofopinions.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/reading-shakespeare/

      5. I am loving so much discussing Shakespeare with you. It is so refreshing to talk to somebody who shares the same views as me because it is very rare to come across somebody these days who recognise the importance of Shakespeare and how crucial it is to be taught right early on in your life in order to be able to almost comprehend it at a later life. You have some incredible view points and I am off to check out your blog post now! I am looking forward to it (: and honestly you should really do podcasts about it. That would be so incredible and needs to be done! Keep loving Shakespeare! I know I will (:

      6. Continue to plug away! I love your blog and I love Shakespeare so I will definitely check this out now (:

      7. And yes! I saw it yesterday and it was very intense and faithful to the original play. I went with friends and they said “there should have been subtitles!” Because it was the original texts which I loved so much. The soliloquy’s were magical, you should definitely check it out when you get the chance (:

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