Posts tagged ‘Shakespeare’

2017, December 1

Curious Holiday List time

As I did when first introducing this cute little idea-book years ago, I’ll share one of the list titles from the book and the content I came up with. Then, You let me know in the comment section what Your lists would look like.

I opened the book to page 109 and then chose the upper-right title, from the chapter “Lists for Holidays”.

I really have no clue what words might actually be uttered at a Shakespeare Society holiday party, but the below were the quotes I thought of when associating Shakespeare and the holiday season.

Quotes uttered at a ‘Shakespeare Society’ Holiday Party:

  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose
    Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
    ~Love’s Labours Lost (Act 1, Scene 1)
  • I see the trick on’t: here was a consent,
    Knowing aforehand of our merriment,
    To dash it like a Christmas comedy:
    Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany,
    ~Love’s Labours Lost (Act Five, Scene 2)
  • SLY. Marry, I will; let them play it. Is not a comonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling-trick?
    PAGE. No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
    ~The Taming of the Shrew (Intro, scene 2)
  • Have I lived to be carried in a basket, like a
    barrow of butcher’s offal, and to be thrown in the
    Thames? Well, if I be served such another trick,
    I’ll have my brains ta’en out and buttered, and give
    them to a dog for a new-year’s gift…
    ~Merry Wives of Windsor (Act 3, Scene 5)

Our modern conception of Christmas is more tied to “A Christmas Carol”, by Charles Dickens rather than Shakespeare.

Back in the court of Elizabeth I, Christmas and New Year weren’t celebrated as we do today.
Christmas was popularized in England when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert started following many of the German Christmas traditions about 200 years after the death of Shakespeare.

Your turn. Ready? Go! :)

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2009, June 29

Introducing: Poetry Monday

Thought I’d try something new, so here’s introducing a new category: Poetry Monday :) and… I’m sure it’s self explanatory.
Let’s start things off with a part of the inspiration for my blog title, and my favorite metaphor for Life by the Bard of Avon. Enjoy!

 

” All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

{Jaques (Act II, Scene VII,
lines 139-166)}

 

~William Shakespeare,
As you like it

2009, May 9

Life’s a stage

I’ve just read a great post Judy wrote yesterday, Does Everything Happen for a Reason?. I loved it so much I had to comment and share my view of the question which made me remember: great subject as it is, I didn’t actually write about this before, even though it’s something I believe to be true. So here’s catching up :)

You must have noticed the day-to-day translation of the line from Shakespeare’s ‘As you like it’ as a part of my blog’s title, “Life’s a stage – WebBlog”. No, I didn’t chose it by chance :)

” All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

I really like that metaphor, I like to believe that Life really is like a play, and we all go through the stages of it acting them out.
But what I especially like – is that we all act however we chose to.

There are good actors, not so good actors and plain old bad actors. There are maidens (debatable I know, but that’s how it sounds better) at distress, heroes and villains. Or sometimes they even act all these parts at the same time.
Sometimes advices on our acting will be given which we either listen to or not, we see how others acted it out like before, what they did right or wrong, etc. take it all in and then chose our own style and act out our own part on Life’s stage.
So what I’m trying to say is that even though some things may happen for a reason, I believe in the possibility of the impossible too, we are the ones making sense of them building up our own belief system, interpreting them as we like to and then acting out the next stages as WE want to :)

Often we wonder why thing happen, it’ may be reassuring, comforting to think there’s a great plan for all of us we must follow, we might try and make sense of some things which just don’t make sense, but the only well made out plan was for us to come into this world and start making something of/with our lives.

In the end, it’s OUR choices that make us who we are and define the reasons we need or don’t need to keep on acting and successfully, or not, end the play.

PS: of course it’s a bit edited, more insightful since I wrote it as a comment :)

PPS: I updated my Quotes page, feel free to check it out.

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