Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shakespeare

It makes me feel like a dolt to admit that I don't like or even "get" Shakespeare.  I have never enjoyed hearing, watching or reading his words.

From what I have had forced on me in school, etc., I think Shakespeare was a full of it.  Romeo and Juliet?  Bullshit.  Hamlet?  Crap.  The Tempest?  Shoot me now.

There are a lot of writers I really admire and love.  Shakespeare isn't one of them.  To be or not to be, that is the question.  Excuse me?  That's not my question and it never was.

I came to bury Cesar, not to praise him.  I didn't know the guy but I really don't want to praise him or bury him. 

Ugh!  Shakespeare!

Now go check out the other entrants who are much more literate than I.  We Work For Cheese has the links.

20 comments:

  1. Don't hold back, Linda. Tell us how you really feel.

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  2. Thank you, Dufus. It's great to get a reaction like yours to validate me!

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  3. I don't know enough to know whether I like it or not. I did see Romeo and Juliet some years ago and enjoyed it, and I seem to remember reading Taming of the Shrew. Hope to see the play sometime. Other than that...I know nothing.

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  4. I remember our class having to read one of those plays out loud in high school. When it was my turn to read, my part started with "Horror, horror, horror" and I was nervous and with my accent it sounded like "whore-r". Everyone laughed. Ahem. Tic. Tic. I have not been the same since.

    Kidding. Looking back it was kind of funny.

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  5. My daughter loved her Shakespeare classes in high school...she took two years of it (he wrote a lot of plays...so they had Shakespeare I and II). I think it was the fact the teacher had a great way of teaching it. Some teachers manage to do that...unfortunately they are taking that aspect out of most public schools nowadays. Fortunately, it seems, that private schools still allow it. Or did when she was there.

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  6. I always feel like I'm supposed to like him but I'd rather read a good mystery than ever tackle his works again.

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  7. I never like stories where the protagonists are all dead in the end. Some of the comedies, maybe, but the tragedies? No, thank you!

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  8. I love mysteries and thrillers and some "literature" too. I read to be entertained and sometimes educated even, but I don't want to "work" to understand the meaning. Shakespeare is too much like work to me.

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  9. I love a good mystery or thriller, Cheryl. And I read a lot. Just not Shakespeare.

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  10. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comFebruary 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    I do like Shakespeare - after all I'm British and grew up with him. But he can be difficult to grasp...

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  11. My kids both love Shakespeare too. They had great teachers for it and got to it at a young age. I'm a little too "set in my ways" with the books I read now to appreciate Shakespeare.

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  12. My kids' teachers had all the class participate in reading different roles in Shakespeare's plays. The still love Shakespeare. I thought "whore r" was the right way to pronounce "horror". You're telling me it's not?

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  13. Both of my kids love Shakespeare's plays. I think I was introduced to his stuff too late to appreciate it.

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  14. My kids both love Shakespeare. I saw a play when I was in my 30's and that was my first experience with Shakespeare. I didn't enjoy it, but that could have been because of the actors rather than the material they were working with. The sort of archaic language is a struggle for me.

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  15. I'm with you... give me a good mystery or thriller any day! I'm glad I'm finally at a stage in my life when I can say, screw this cultural stuff... I want to read what I want to read!

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  16. You and I seem to always have a lot in common. I don't tend to enjoy Shakespeare. I don't want to work to figure out what I am reading.

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  17. I read a lot, Cheryl, but most of it is mysteries, thrillers, some #1's on the NYT Bestsellers, etc. Old English is not my thing.

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  18. I should have taught you Shakespeare, Linda! You would have liked him better. I have a bust of Shakespeare which sits on my dressing table. Sometimes I put pearls on him. Lurch calls him Billy Bob Shake-u-masphere. My life is exciting.

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  19. It's not too late, Malisa! Come and teach me Shakespeare while we drink Gin and listen to Willie Nelson.

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  20. OMG. Tia I bought a whole bunch of his books because I was never forced to read them in high school and thought I would give them a chance. I read like three pages and just couldn't do it! I

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