Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! [You're The Expert]

When I woke up this morning, I'll admit that I had no idea today was William Shakespeare's birthday.  It's also his deathday.  Did you know that evidence suggests that he was born and died on the same day of the year?  There's also a huge debate as to the actual day of his birth, and if you're interested in reading all of the historical evidences, check out Mad Shakespeare.

Anyway, since it's Willie's bday and all, why not tell us about your favorite Shakespearean works? Leave a comment letting us know what your favs are!

My favorite play to read is As You Like It.  I read this last year for the first time and adored it.  I've read it a couple of times since.  My favorite play to watch, however, is A Midsummer's Night's Dream.  I love the ethereal quality.  It just makes me happy.  I've seen 8 different productions of it, and I go every time I see that there's a production nearby.  Totally heart it.  Oh, and my favorite sonnet?  Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

C'mon, share your favorite Shakespeare with us in the comments section!  You're the expert!


Book ♥ Soulmates said...

That's right! I had totally forgotten today is big Will's 446th birthday =) Last year, I visited his grave in Trinity Chapel in Stratford-Upon-Avon and I got all emotional! It was so surreal.

My favorite plays are Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing...and of course Romeo & Juliet. Oh and great choice of sonnet...a truly amazing piece of literary art!

Great post!

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

If you get a chance, watch the movie (Much Ado) also! It stars Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale and even Michael's got a great cast. It's really funny and they did a great job =)


I Heart Monster said...

I just added it to my Netflix queue! Thanks for the great suggestion! :o) xoxo ♥

Sprints said...

My favorite Shakespeare play has got to be Much Ado About Nothing. It just appeals to me on all levels, and the movie with Kenneth Branagh is AMAZING. I love that guy, he's such a great actor.

Jena said...

Ah, Shakespeare. I've never NOT enjoyed a Shakespeare class. In grad school, I wrote a paper purporting that you can actually find a play-within-a-play (a common element) in Othello--but it's the only time you also see a director (Iago). I had ever so much fun writing it, but I don't remember what argument I made about why seeing the director was important...

Splendibird said...

I love The Tempest. First watched it in high school and seen several versions since. It's just such a magical story. Favourite quote has to be:
Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I cough where owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily:
Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
The Tempest, 5. 1

Just gorgeous!