Edited by Kell, 02 February 2009 - 12:39 PM.
Inserted ALL the capitals!
Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:20 AM
Edited by Kell, 02 February 2009 - 12:39 PM.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:24 AM
I've always thought it a bit of a crime the way teachers ruin Shakespeare for the kids they're teaching. If the teacher doesn't love his work, then the enthusiasm isn't instilled in the youngsters. I was fortunate in that I had teachers who adored the Bard and made it exciting for us to experience in the classroom.
I had the same enthusiasm instilled in me by my English teacher, who i have to say has played a hugh part in my interests and studies. He encouraged us to absorb Shakespere and taught us how to work things out for ourselves. I used to work at a high school as a teacher support, and the teachers just told them what each sentence meant and told them to copy it down. How silly! Yes, it took a lot of effort to get them involved in his work and to work things out for themselves. But it was possible. And with more effort on the teachers part, i'm sure it would get easier.
My fav's are Much Ado About Nothing and Taming Of The Shrew. I also love his sonnets.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 01:43 PM
The teachers just told them what each sentence meant and told them to copy it down. How silly!
That is what my teachers do-and its why I don't like Hamlet which i'm doing at the moment cause its taught so boringly, which means I will probably fail the exam! Over the christmas holidays, i'm going to read it again and study it on my own which will hopefully make it more intereasting and I will hopefully learn to like it!
Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:49 PM
Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:04 PM
Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:24 PM
id be like AHHHH THE DOCTOR and not beable to concentrate on the play!
It's a shame his other work wasn't well known before he became the Doctor. I think i'd fid it hard o concentrate as well. But i think he's a very good acter. We might both be surprised.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:29 PM
I love him primarily because hes Captain Picard, but I think hes superb in Shakespearean dramas and also classic english ones - A Christmas Carol/Canterville Ghost.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:30 PM
I love patrick stuart too. And i luuurrrvve Star trek!
Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:39 AM
Posted 28 December 2008 - 01:07 AM
Posted 29 December 2008 - 02:52 AM
Although I have no idea what its about!
Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:26 PM
Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:32 PM
At high school we studied;
Romeo and Juliet (although I don't think we read it)
At uni we've studied;
The Taming Of The Shrew (the only one I read all the way through)
Antony and Cleopatra (we're doing that next week but I haven't read it - yet)
I hope to try and read Romeo and Juliet at somepoint in the future.
Posted 04 January 2009 - 12:30 AM
A Midsummer Night's Dream was the first book i studied at school and then i did Macbeth.
Ah I did Macbeth as well, had forgotten that!
Posted 04 January 2009 - 12:44 PM
Posted 04 January 2009 - 04:54 PM
When I was doing the Open University, I saw a production of Twelfth Night and also Midsummer Night's Dream and enjoyed both.
Also as a school girl, I was taken to see Henry V and Hamlet.
All this has left me with a liking for Shakespeare's work and would take any opportunity to see a live portrayal.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:36 AM
King Lear: as my B.A. professor put it, "so what do we think? bleakest play ever written?" and it is. Combines the best elements of tradegy and history though, the villains are deliciously villainous - prepare for a love/hate relationship with vile Edmund, who gets all the best lines - and the ending is heartbreaking. Don't miss the 1998 RSC version, directed by Trevor Nunn, with Ian McKellen as King Lear, it's magnificent. Personally I found Peter Brook's 1971 b/w "masterpiece" a bit dull and uncommunicative.
Hamlet: We all know this one, so straight to the film reccomendations: if you like dramatic landscapes and "wow" soliloquy delivery, look no further than Laurence Olivier; if you're after every word that was written for that play ever, even though they never appeared in the same version, check out Kenneth Branagh's interesting version; if you want a modern version, with great bits and terrible bits, which will make you think, the 2000 film with Ethan Hawke is for you. Don't bother with Zeffirelli (otherwise a stunning director, do make sure you see his Romeo and Juliet), for he made the mistake of casting Mel Gibson, who speaks "To be or not to be" like he does "Freeeeeeedom" in Braveheart (don't get me wrong, I love Braveheart, just the skill is not transferable).
The Merchant of Venice: Revenge or justice? Religious intolerance: do two wrongs make one right? These the questions at the heart of one of Will's most complex plays - four hundred years on, critics are still divided on whether Shylock is a hero or a villain, how's that for multifaceted? Please go out this instant and borrow, see, acquire the stunning version with Al Pacino as Shylock, plus Jeremy Irons and Ralph Fiennes for good measure.
The Tempest: I never really "got it"? Felt slightly silly when my classmates where discussing the postcolonial interpretations of the play and I was like, wha? But probably it's me that's slow.
Othello: a really layered, powerful play; with the villain Iago getting some amazing speeches - then why don't I like this? It's too well-written, I think; too realistic in its portayal of jealous domestic violence. It makes me uncomfortable.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 03:30 PM
Only kidding! Personally, I'm not a great fan of the Merchant of Venice or even Romeo and Juliet - at least in respect to the other Shakespeare works I've read. Midsummer Night is definitely my favourite.
Does Shakespeare still have his relevance today though?
Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:05 PM
Probably the best live performance of one of his plays was the Renaissance company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the 1990's with an absolutely amazing cast, and a fantastic production.
I've also seen A Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (although I only wanted to see that because I have a soft spot of Richard Briers who was playing Prospero, and he was doing a Q&A session afterwards and I couldn't pass up the opportunity), Hamlet and Love's Labours Lost.
I've enjoyed all the productions I've seen on stage, but I have to admit, I'm not even tempted to go for some of the tragedies, like King Lear or Macbeth.
Some of the film versions I've liked have been Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 10:07 PM
I'm not even tempted to go for some of the tragedies, like King Lear or Macbeth
... why is that? (Just plain curious, sorry.)
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