Re: "If you happen to be an English professor with encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare, and not much knowledge about baseball or Bolivia or Beatles, then this is the challenge for you."|
I happen to be a fourth-year student of English Literature. I've spent several years purposely avoiding Shakespeare. ;)
One day I'll be stuck with it, I swear.
Actually-- that's a I lie. I wrote an essay on a couple of sonnets a few years back.
I think this is a very good challenge, especially considering a modern propensity (I believe) against Shakespeare in our contemporary settings. It will be rewarding to see these finally covered.
Reply #1. Jan 06 12, 3:58 PM
And Literature editors will appreciate the absence of vampires in the works of Shakespeare.|
Reply #2. Jan 06 12, 5:12 PM
We could put them in if you think it would help.|
Reply #3. Jan 06 12, 5:24 PM
I'll try Coriolanus. I think I found the script online. Obviously not going to be quick or anything, but in the past I've had fondness for obscure stories most people don't rate, so maybe that will be the case here. |
Reply #4. Jan 06 12, 5:30 PM
[We could put them in if you think it would help.]|
Now there's an idea - Shakespeare from the point of view of a vampire who doesn't quite get the plot. A contemporary twist on the Australian classic poem "The Play", from the C J Dennis book "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke". In the early years of the 20th century, a bloke takes his girlfriend to see Romeo and Juliet, and provides a running commentary that shows little to no understanding of what is going on.
Reply #5. Jan 06 12, 6:56 PM
Oh jeeze! Lol!|
Reply #7. Jan 06 12, 7:56 PM
I'd never seen that, Aussiedrongo, and really enjoyed it. |
Reply #8. Jan 07 12, 2:12 AM
I havn't seen that before either, brilliant.|
Reply #9. Jan 07 12, 3:39 AM
I studied Henry IV Part II at school so I might give that a go at some point but it won't be for a while, so if anyone else wants to have a go now then feel free.|
And Coriolanus is quite highly rated, just not the most often performed of Shakespeare's tragedies. You should enjoy it malik, it's a great play.
Reply #11. Jan 07 12, 7:32 AM
Wow, that was great! And seems to me he actually had a pretty fair grasp of what was going on...|
We'd be happy to take any quizzes on the sonnets, too, if anyone isn't up to an entire play. It's a little hard to come up with good info for a sonnet, but I'm sure this crowd can meet the challenge.
Reply #12. Jan 07 12, 11:03 AM
When the race is done I will pick up a title if there is one remaining...Anna|
Reply #13. Jan 08 12, 8:18 PM
My complete Shakespeare has been packed away as part of our housecleaning and preparation for building a new house sometime this year on the back half of our property. If I can find an online Henry VIII, I would be interested in reading it (I never have) and seeing how it compares to other treatements.|
Reply #14. Jan 08 12, 10:22 PM
Richard II does actually have four quizzes. Surprising, given that the better-known Richard III only has one!|
Reply #15. Jan 08 12, 10:28 PM
[And Coriolanus is quite highly rated, just not the most often performed of Shakespeare's tragedies. You should enjoy it malik, it's a great play.]
Yeah, that wasn't the best phrasing. What I probably meant was 'quantitavely popular and well-known in comparison to other Shakespeare poems such as Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, and so on'.
I have to say, although the language is a learning curve, the intro's drawn me in already (generally, intros with something happening set a good precedent for the rest). :)
Reply #17. Jan 09 12, 1:50 AM
So much for that idea! Anyway, I have downloaded a complete Shakespeare from Project Gutenberg for my kindle, and will be able to do some browsing to pick one. I wonder which one would appeal most to a hypothetical vampire member of the audience?|
Reply #18. Jan 09 12, 2:44 AM
I have decided to take on a massive task, but I think it will be quite enjoyable for me.|
I am going to write a total of 154 quizzes... I think you know where I'm getting at.
I'll write a quiz for each sonnet of Shakespeare.
Reply #19. Jan 19 12, 10:00 AM
Not to freak myself out or anything, but...|
One question down, only 1,539 questions to go. ;) I am amazed at how much information one can pull out of a single line of a sonnet!
Reply #20. Jan 19 12, 10:12 AM
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