Thursday, December 14

If It Weren't For Shakespeare, Where Would I Be?

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                                               If It Weren’t For Shakespeare, Where Would I Be?

Back in the 70’s, it was as uncool as it is now to like Shakespeare. But, I think that goes with youth. In later life I discovered what was so exciting about The Bard and you will, too. Give Will a chance. And, peace.

      In the 70’s,  I took a university course on William Shakespeare. I learned alot by reading that tome during a quiet moment under the lamp’s glow. He is the reason Iam a writer today. He truly inspired me and I found myself wanting to do what he did. “To be, or not to be,” as he quoted in one of his plays. Reading The Bard’s works made me want to be an author, too. His works are Exquisite.

   Look at, for example,  Romeo and Juliet; my young and even adult years were influenced by that. And, indeed, whose wasn’t. But, going in, I had every adolescent’s attitude about it. Boring! You gotta be kidding me!

   I hope this, my article, will influence adolescents to gain from what I missed out on, at least initially. I became an author at age 51 because of that outlook. I could have started alot younger. You can, reader, because you’re there right now. Shakespeare is alot cooler than you think. Amd, alot more exciting. Start with one of his works like A Midsummer Night’s Dream  or Romeo and Juliet.

William Shakespeare, as an author, expresses much passion in his writings. Anyone who has ever seen Romeo and Juliet can attest to that. If the text is just too much to get through, my advice is to go out and rent the DVD. Put it in, get a big bowl of popcorn, a large box of tissues, and watch it. You will be glad you did. The best version to get is Franco Zefferrelli’s Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey, as Juliet. It is a wonderful production, easy to relate to and enriched as only Will Shakespeare could make it. Enjoy!


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