Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Celebrating Shakespeare...

While no one knows William Shakespeare's exact birthdate, we do know he was baptized on 26 April 1564, which makes this a day worth celebrating. So here's to the bard and all his wonderful words! 



My parents took me to the Shakespearan Festival in Cedar City, Utah to see my first Shakespeare plays when I was eight. We saw A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night that summer, and they both made me laugh. I've loved Shakespeare ever since. And while I haven't seen all of his plays performed live on stage...yet...I have read them all. There are so many amazing quotes in all of them, but I can't possibly post them all. So here's just one of my favorites:





Happy Reading!


P.S. And if you want to watch a very funny filmed version of Much Ado About Nothing, check out the one Joss Whedon did with his friends. They filmed it at his house! And it's hilarious.


 

31 comments:

  1. It's amazing how many commonly used phrases come from Shakespeare!

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    1. It always surprises me how many of our most common phrases originated with him.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I haven't read a lot his works, but those I did I found enlightening. A Midsummers Night Dream was my first and my favorite of all.

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    1. It's definitely one of Shakespeare's more fun and humorous plays. :D

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  3. Wow, I'm impressed you've read all of Shakespeare's play. I'm not sure I've read even one all the way through. Yikes! And it's amazing how many words/expressions he coined that we still use today.

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    1. It is pretty incredible he's had so much influence over the years. (And it's best to see his plays performed live on stage rather than reading them, in all honesty.)

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  4. There's a reason that Shakespeare's works are still alive and well after four hundred years. His works are truly immortal.

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    1. They really are! And so many of his stories/plots have influenced a lot of other books.

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  5. I've read some of Shakespeare's plays but not all of them, so I'm impressed. It's surprising how many of his words and phrases we all use every day!

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    1. It took me years to read all of his plays, but I had fun doing it.

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  6. That's amazing how many common phrases come from Shakespeare. Both my mother and grandmother read a lot of Shakespeare so I had it quoted at me quite a bit growing up!

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  7. I didn't realize so many of these quotes originated with him! I want to watch that Joss Whedon adaptation!

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    1. It's so well done. And parts of it will make you laugh out loud. :D

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  8. Where would the English language be today without Shakespeare??? Great post, Lark. And I shall look after that Much Ado About Nothing film. Thanks.

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    1. You can tell they had a lot of fun filming it. It's probably my favorite version of that play.

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    2. Oh, wow. Even better than the Branagh/Thompson one???

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    3. The Branagh and Thompson version is amazing...and very traditional. And also a little slower-moving. The Whedon version has a modern setting and moves fast and is SO funny. So I like it better.

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    4. Looking forward to it even more now. Happy Sunday.

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  9. Aah, I love the Whedon Much Ado!! It's so funny.

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    1. It's the best, isn't it? They look like they're having so much fun, too.

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  10. I had no idea that so many common phrases today came from Shakespeare. That's awesome! :)

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    1. It's pretty amazing so much of what we say can be traced back to one of his plays.

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  11. What a fun way to celebrate Shakespeare :)

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    1. Thanks. I'm a fan of Shakespeare and thought it would make a fun post.

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  12. There was this old joke I heard I heard once: one playgoer said to the other, I like Shakespeare, except he's so full of clich├ęs... ;-)

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  13. This is a fun post, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thx for the tip about the Much Ado film. It looks fun and I haven't seen it yet. I like the sayings graphic you have up top -- interesting!

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    1. Hope you're able to watch Much Ado...it's a good version of that play.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this, Lark; and I love those quotes!

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