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    Tamburlaine

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    Shakespeare

    Post  Tamburlaine on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:31 am

    This is a thread for talking about Shakespeare. What's your favourite play? Least favourite? Favourite speech? That kind of thing. For me, it's a toss-up between The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra.

    Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves,
    And ye that on the sands with printless foot
    Do chase the ebbing Neptune and do fly him
    When he comes back; you demi-puppets that
    By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make,
    Whereof the ewe not bites, and you whose pastime
    Is to make midnight mushrooms, that rejoice
    To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid,
    Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimm'd
    The noontide sun, call'd forth the mutinous winds,
    And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault
    Set roaring war: to the dread rattling thunder
    Have I given fire and rifted Jove's stout oak
    With his own bolt; the strong-based promontory
    Have I made shake and by the spurs pluck'd up
    The pine and cedar: graves at my command
    Have waked their sleepers, oped, and let 'em forth
    By my so potent art. But this rough magic
    I here abjure, and, when I have required
    Some heavenly music, which even now I do,
    To work mine end upon their senses that
    This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
    Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
    And deeper than did ever plummet sound
    I'll drown my book.


    Electrifying, but also intensely wistful, stuff.
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    Bakuninger

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Bakuninger on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:34 am

    The one that sticks out the most to me is probably Macbeth, though i enjoyed Hamlet and Julius Caesar. Othello was a bit meh to me. I still think Hamlet is the better written one though Macbeth somehow feeds with more psychology then Hamlet.
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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Tiresias on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:34 am

    Thanks for getting things rolling, Tamburlaine. And, I think, an appropriate topic for the opening of the 'classic literature' forum (although, given your name, I'm somewhat surprised at which seventeenth century playwright you chose).
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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Anonymice on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:38 am

    Has anyone read The Shakespeare Wars? It's a really interesting look at modern academia and Shakespeare
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    Post  Tiresias on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:41 am

    Anonymice wrote:Has anyone read The Shakespeare Wars? It's a really interesting look at modern academia and Shakespeare

    I haven't, although a friend of mine recommended it highly.
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    Tamburlaine

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Tamburlaine on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:43 am

    Bakuninger wrote:The one that sticks out the most to me is probably Macbeth, though i enjoyed Hamlet and Julius Caesar. Othello was a bit meh to me. I still think Hamlet is the better written one though Macbeth somehow feeds with more psychology then Hamlet.

    I really dig Julius Caesar too. Have you read Coriolanus? It's similarly Roman and political. There was an adaptation of it with Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort!) as Coriolanus earlier in the year which was meant to be really good, too.

    Admin wrote:Thanks for getting things rolling, Tamburlaine. And, I think, an appropriate topic for the opening of the 'classic literature' forum (although, given your name, I'm somewhat surprised at which seventeenth century playwright you chose).

    Well, while I am really fond of Tamburlaine and think that it gets an unfairly bad rep with the critics, I'm not under any delusions about who the better writer was...
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    Bakuninger

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Bakuninger on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:46 am

    Tamburlaine wrote:I really dig Julius Caesar too. Have you read Coriolanus? It's similarly Roman and political. There was an adaptation of it with Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort!) as Coriolanus earlier in the year which was meant to be really good, too.

    I haven't but what i would really like to know is which Shakespeare collection is the best. I want all the works so if you can hook a brother up.
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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  perkunas on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:02 am

    I feel very horribly under-read when it comes to Shakespeare - I'm fairly young and was only recently I fully saw how much I enjoyed reading. What would you guys say I should read of him first? I was thinking Hamlet and Macbeth.
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    Bakuninger

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Bakuninger on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:04 am

    perkunas wrote:I feel very horribly under-read when it comes to Shakespeare - I'm fairly young and was only recently I fully saw how much I enjoyed reading. What would you guys say I should read of him first? I was thinking Hamlet and Macbeth.

    Hamlet is a good place to start.
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    Post  perkunas on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:06 am

    Thanks. It seems that is the agreed starting place among most Shakespeare fans, so there I shall start.
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    Tamburlaine

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Tamburlaine on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:08 am

    perkunas wrote:I feel very horribly under-read when it comes to Shakespeare - I'm fairly young and was only recently I fully saw how much I enjoyed reading. What would you guys say I should read of him first? I was thinking Hamlet and Macbeth.

    It's funny you should ask: only the other day I made an image for a /lit/ post with just that purpose. (Maybe open it in a new tab if you're interested since it's cut off here..!)
    Spoiler:

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    Bakuninger

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Bakuninger on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:11 am

    perkunas wrote:Thanks. It seems that is the agreed starting place among most Shakespeare fans, so there I shall start.

    It's cause Hamlet has the balance of philosophical rumination/discussion and also the drama angle on lock. It also has some of my favorite lines in any Shakespeare.

    "It shall be so. Madness in great ones must not unwatched go."
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    perkunas

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  perkunas on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:13 am

    What a nice coincidence, Tamburlaine! I'll save this image for reference, much thanks.
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    Character Corwin

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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Character Corwin on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:23 am

    My favorite would be King Lear. To see the fall of a formerly great man into madness really strikes me as powerful for some reason, how he reaches out for Cordelia at the end and even that's taken from him. Also Edmund is a pretty cool villain.
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    Re: Shakespeare

    Post  Daedal on Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:22 pm

    Character Corwin wrote:My favorite would be King Lear. To see the fall of a formerly great man into madness really strikes me as powerful for some reason, how he reaches out for Cordelia at the end and even that's taken from him. Also Edmund is a pretty cool villain.

    My favourite play is also King Lear.

    So far I've only read Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice. I feel like I haven't read enough Shakespeare. I'll have to remedy that this summer.

    Favourite passage:

    There is a cliff whose high and bending head
    Looks fearfully in the confined deep:
    Bring me but to the very brim of it,
    And I'll repair the misery thou dost bear
    With something rich about me: from that place
    I shall no leading need.

    -Gloster

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