Dear Mr Shakespeare

Inspired by one of my favourite Blackadder clips…

 

Dear Mr Shakespeare, Today I must write

and give a whole hearted thank you, to you.

Like the sun, your words are shining so bright

across the stars and history, it’s true.

Present students are filled with weary eyes

as line by line, we dissect plays like frogs

incomprehension we cannot disguise

as we pull on our fifteenth century togs.

However, fair is fair on the world’s stage

when you master the human condition.

With your timeless life lessons on the page

so all your descendants could rendition.

So thank you for the last four hundred years

and cheers to you sir! I raise my warm beer!

 

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6 thoughts on “Dear Mr Shakespeare

  1. summerstommy2 says:

    Wonderful Charlie, having taught Shakespeare for a long time and work out ways to perform it let me say the plays are full of jokes, but more importantly from my perspective as a teacher of performance also full of an almost never ending way of performing his plays. My students and I had a lot of fun with his words.

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    • Charlie Alford says:

      Thanks. My life with Shakespeare has always been a roller coaster. Myself in Year 7 used to resent the English class that analysed every line of his soliloquies but then my older self loved performing them in the school play (especially when we gave it a modern twist). Most of all now, I realise all the life lessons his work has taught us. It certainly has been an interesting journey.

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      • summerstommy2 says:

        The older you get the more you see in his work. And yes there are many life lessons. Performance certainly brings the plays to life. You would have learnt a lot from that exercise.

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