Monday, July 18, 2016

shakespeare is my parasocial buddy

My first real exposure to Shakespeare was with Romeo and Juliet. I was immediately enthralled by the Shakespearean style. So enthralled in fact that I spent that year telling my "enemies" that I bite my thumb at them. My friends were fairly unimpressed with my antics.

A little later, I saw Midsommer Night's Dream. I really had no clue what was going on (I had limited knowledge of Fae and Greek mythos). Regardless, I was entranced.

Besides the fact Shakespeare is responsible for inventing around 1700 words, I found myself obsessing about Shakepeare's English as it would have been used. 



There is a comforting darkness in Shakespeare's work. Every time a read it, I gain something new. So I leave you with a quote to reflect on from The Tempest.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

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