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This is of course all about me reading Shakespeare. It isn’t that I haven’t ever read Shakespeare, but I’ve read only selected plays and many of these years ago. Last I read Shakespeare, I didn’t actually even read him but simply revisited the Charles and Mary Lamb version (which, by the way, does an excellent job of introducing one to his works). I keep planning to pick up a play and read it but haven’t got down to doing this for years.
So to remedy this, and also to get myself to actually read some of those plays that I still haven’t read, I’m starting this, The Shakespeare Project. Through this, I plan to pick up plays, one at a time, read them, and while not necessarily ‘review’ them (can’t be that presumptuous), put a few thoughts down. And since I don’t want this to be too taxing (yes, I know each play isn’t all that long) either, what I plan to do is really to read just one act at a time, write a post about it (a brief summary about what happened, my thoughts), and then move on to the next one. To start off with, I’ll do this twice a month. So while it will take me a couple of months to read a play, it doesn’t really matter because at least I’ll be reading them. From time to time, I’ll also include a sonnet or two.
So while the idea of course is to read more of the plays that I haven’t actually read, I’m starting off by breaking the rules, and picking up one that’s a favourite to kick this project off–A Midsummer Night’s Dream–fairies, magic, misunderstandings, mischief, and lots of fun. My first post should be up sometime this weekend.
What are your favourite Shakespeare plays? Do you prefer the Comedies, or the Historical Plays, or the Tragedies?