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    Default What's your favorite Shakespeare play?

    I just stubbed my toe on my Norton Anthology of Shakespeare and I went to kick it in anger but then I thought of:

    Titus Andronicus
    Romeo and Juliet
    King Lear
    Measure for Measure

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    MacBeth
    Hamlet
    Measure for Measure
    King Lear
    Othello
    A Midsummer's Night Dream
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    They're all good. But my favorite is Hamlet.
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    I've only read three of them (for school.) I never got what the hype was about, but I did like Henry IV (part 1.)

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    Overrated in my book. But then...I may just have a bias. Being forced to read anything tends to make me look at it unfavorably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zergling View Post
    I've only read three of them (for school.) I never got what the hype was about, but I did like Henry IV (part 1.)
    Shakespeare is not meant to be read. It should been seen in a performance. Ideally it's seen in a performance with skilled actors and not some high school play. Actually Shakespeare with bad actors is total crap, but Shakespeare with good actors is wonderful. Somewhere along the way English majors got the idea that Shakespeare is literature. I'm not really sure why since it's not good reading unless you are thinking about performing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    Shakespeare is not meant to be read. It should been seen in a performance. Ideally it's seen in a performance with skilled actors and not some high school play. Actually Shakespeare with bad actors is total crap, but Shakespeare with good actors is wonderful. Somewhere along the way English majors got the idea that Shakespeare is literature. I'm not really sure why since it's not good reading unless you are thinking about performing it.
    Uh huh.

    The words spoken resonate; the words on the page do not. When I read Shakespeare, I speak it either aloud with my voice or aloud in my head, so I can "hear" it.

    What is amazing is that you don't even totally have to understand all the words or their meaning, if the actors are good, because you still get a sense of what is being conveyed.

    Beside that, Shakespeare is quite witty; many of the lines contain puns or spins or double meanings.
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    It would be difficult to decide between Hamlet and King Lear, but I think Hamlet takes it. Only by a fingernail, though.
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    My favorite bit of Shakespeare ever:

    If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
    God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.


    - Henry V, the St. Crispin's Day speech

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