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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.

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What are your favourite Shakespeare plays? Do you prefer the Comedies, or the Historical Plays, or the Tragedies?

 

 

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14 thoughts on “The Shakespeare Project: Reading the Bard of Avon

  1. I like the late plays, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale etc, but have largely avoided the history plays (except to watch them on tv) and some of the classical tragedies (Coriolanus, Timon etc). It’s these I think I ought to be tackling, and some of Shakespeare’s contemporaries too. Actually, I think I’ll reread Milton’s Comus next, a bit later in time but maybe something to compare with the tale of Prosper and Miranda.

    And I like the idea of discussing rather than reviewing the plays — in a way that’s a less judgemental approach while giving you a free rein to range widely.

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    1. I like the Tempest too–my preference is mostly the comedies, though Macbeth and Hamlet I like as well.

      Coriolanus I think was one that they read in Shirley, if I remember right.

      Do join in the discussion/chat if you have the time.

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      1. I shall have to read Coriolanus then before I properly embark on Shirley (if you see what I mean!) to get any nuances.

        Looking forward now to your MND exploration! Our son Cameron was a ‘grip’ (the person responsible for camera mounting and support) on the 2016 BBC tv production in which the autocratic character of Theseus meets its just reward.

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      2. Yes do- I don’t remember either (Shirley or Coriolanus very well at the moment)– but here’s an article I cam across on the connections in case you’re interested: http://books.openedition.org/pufr/2851?lang=en

        How interesting–I haven’t seen that version yet- must look it up. The version that I remember best is the old one where James Cagney was Nick Bottom–which I used to watch all the time on TCM.

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