Re: [shakespeare-50] What's so great about Shakespeare anyway?

From: user 7.
Sent on: Friday, August 28, 2009 1:19 AM
For me it's the language -- as with Jane Austen, every word counts, every syllable is there for a reason, and I can relax in the joy of hearing language used skillfully, understandably, and merrily.
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I've been in Chile for three months, but will be back in September, and look forward to joining you again for readings.
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Judy Cree

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 10:48 PM, Dugan <[address removed]> wrote:
Since there's a bunch of new people in the group, and there's hardly been any action on this list for a while, I thought I'd throw out a question:

What first got you into Shakespeare and what do you like about it?

I'm really curious to know what other people get out of it. Myself, I never really paid much attention, because whenever I tried to read the plays I found it so hard to follow what was going on - until a couple of years ago when I randomly heard a recording of King Lear with Alec Guinness, and something clicked. Then I heard Kenneth Branagh doing Hamlet, and it was all over. Instant obsession. Hearing the actors gave me the missing dimension - what's meant to be funny, sad, angry, how the characters relate, what interactions are really going on, etc. And after a few hundred hours listening to this in bed I even started understanding the language without a dictionary, which also helps.

King Lear and Hamlet - man. I love tragedies in general. I love it when someone takes the bleak miserable horror of the human condition and makes something great with it - it's a wonderful melancholic feeling. Sort of like: wow, there goes another attempt to make sense of things - doomed to fail of course, but damn, what a good effort it was. Goosebumps. My girlfriend thinks I'm a glum bastard, but I'm not, honestly - just a pathos junkie :-)

Then there's a great little book someone gave me called The Shakespeare Wars, which made the case that Shakespeare is the only "bottomless" writer - there's always another level to discover, nobody has ever plumbed the depths. So that was exciting. A long-term project :-)

Well, I could ramble on, but I won't. Anyone else?

Dugan




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