Tag Archive | #Shakespeare

#NaPoWriMo Day 27 (WIP)

Sadly still working on this one

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#NaPoWriMo Day 27 Poetry Challenge

Today’s video resource is this droll tutorial that promises to teach you poetry techniques in 30 minutes. It may seem a bit silly, but there’s a lot of technical detail packed into that half hour! If you’ve always had trouble distinguishing alliteration from assonance, or understanding how the heck to “scan” a poem for metrical stress, this may help clear things up. At they very least, it will make you smile.

And now for our (optional) prompt. Our video resource for the day promises to teach you everything you need to know to write a Shakespearean sonnet, but I’m not going to ask you to do that, exactly. Instead, I’d like to challenge you to “remix” a Shakespearean sonnet. Here’s all of Shakespeare’s sonnets. You can pick a line you like and use it as the genesis for a new poem. Or make a “word bank” out of a sonnet, and try to build a new poem using the same words (or mostly the same words) as are in the poem. Or you could try to write a new poem that expresses the same idea as one of Shakespeare’s sonnets, like “hey baby, this poem will make you immortal” (Sonnet XVIII) or “I’m really bad at saying I love you but maybe if I look at you adoringly, you’ll understand what I mean” (Sonnet XXIII). If you’re feeling both silly and ambitious, you might try writing an anagram-sonnet, like K. Silem Mohammad has done here.

Happy writing!

Today’s Inspiration Shakespeare Sonnets 33 and 98

Sonnets are not the easiest things to write and I find myself still working on this one, a ‘remixed’ Shakespearean Sonnet. I have chosen to work with two sonnets basing my poem around Sonnet 98 about grief for an absent friend. Below is an image of the word clouds I am working from click the image to visit the FREE website. Opens in a new window. Great for breaking down poems like the Shakespeare sonnets to create random words for inspiration.

Word Bank Sonnets 33 & 98

Shakespeare Sonnet 33

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendor on my brow;
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine;
The region cloud hath mask’d him from me now.
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.

Shakespeare Sonnet 98
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play



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#NaPoWriMo After Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

I love this poem by Constance Bourg  a twist on Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare check out today’s prompt for the #NaPoWriMo poetry challenge Day 27 and find Sonnet 130 -> HERE


10 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

Today I am combining roses in literature with #ShakespeareSunday the theme for today is Love & Controversy!

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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

I chose ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ because of it’s controversy of how women were expected to behave. Some scholars even believe that in this play Shakespeare was actually championing women’s rights.

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The play begins with several men wooing the beautiful Bianca, the daughter of a rich merchant Baptista. However, he will not allow his youngest daughter to marry until his eldest daughter Katherine with a sharp tongue, and aggressive behaviour is married off first. Petruccio comes along rising to the challenge to ‘Tame the Shrew’.

In the end it is not the meek and beautiful Bianca who bows to her husbands bidding but the transformed Katherine.

Click HERE to read a wonderful article featured some time ago in The Guardian where several people including actors read the play very differently.

Petruccio meets Katherine

This clip was taken from an American TV Series Moonlighting staring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. It is a fun version of the meeting of Petruccio with Katherine and throws in a few parodies from other movies.

Katherine’s Final Speech

This is Katherin’e final speech taken from the movie staring Elizabeth Taylor as a very convincing Katherine and Richard Burton as Petruccio.

‘I am asham’d that women are so simple
To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.’

I really enjoy Shakespeare Sunday and I am finding a great love for the works of this wonderful classical author. Thank you for stopping by hope you enjoy these post too.



04 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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The Two Noble Kinsmen

‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare is said to be based on Chaucer’s ‘Knight’s Tale’. Classed as one of Shakespeare’s tragi-comedies. It is believed to have first appeared in print in 1634.

It is the romantic tale of ‘two noblemen’ Palamon and Arcite who are the closest of friends until they see Emilia and each fall passionately in love with her, afterwards becoming bitter rivals.

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Emilia (to her Woman): Of all flowers,
Methinks a rose is best.

Woman: Why, gentle madam?

Emilia: It is the very emblem of a maid.
For when the west wind courts her gently
How modestly she blows, and paints the sun
With her chaste blushes! When the north comes near her,
Rude and impatient, then, like chastity,
She locks her beauties in her bud again,
And leaves him to base briars.

Emilia is strolling with her woman in the garden when Palamon spots her and falls silent. I found a wonderful audio sample of the conversation between the two friends shortly after Emilia speaks about the rose.

The Two Noble Kinsmen Audio Sample

RSC trailer from 2016

I also discovered a wonderful modern version of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) by Blanche McIntyre 2016. Take a peek at the trailer.

Well I hope you enjoyed this preview of one of the lesser known of Shakespeare’s plays. Check out the video plot on the RSC page, I would love to know your views on the modern day play. It certainly is a twist in the tale.

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03 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ is my favourite play by William Shakespeare. It is one I have seen countless times in many different forms and guises. Old and traditional, new modern live theatre, ballet, and several versions on TV. The most recent version was a few years ago starring David Walliams & Sheridan Smith, a fun kind of hippy-like version. Very enjoyable.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream YouTube Trailer

Oberon’s Monologue on YouTube

It was a pleasant surprise to discover this old monologue from the 1935 American movie of the same name. Victor Jory played Oberon – King of the Fairies, and a very young Mickey Rooney played Robin (Puck)

Check out now a Modern Day Version by the Royal Shakespeare Company

Lucy Ellinson as Puck and Chu Omambala as Oberon in the 2016 version

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Text)

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.

Spoken by Oberon, to Robin (Puck) Act 2, Scene 1, Line 252

I love most versions of the play. However, my favourite has to be when I saw a special performance at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire UK. It was so atmospheric. A true memory to treasure.

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Hope you enjoyed this little snippet.

Until next time Happy Reading


01 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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Authors and Poets have lamented of the rose for centuries. Shakespeare is belived to have mentioned roses over seventy times. So I thought it might be nice to share some of them with you lovely readers.

If you have any favourites let me know in the comments below and I can add them to my list.

Enjoy. Thank you for dropping by.