[Lit&Lang] Journal_Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

Or to be more specifically, Shakespeare’s 400th Deathday anniversary. (According to wikipedia, his birthday is not known. However, it’s supposed to be someday in April, so at least we are within the month!)

In all honesty, it took me time to appreciate Shakespeare. I mean—I love the Canon and high Literature. I have to admit that I am a literary snob, and school readings never annoyed me.

I hated Romeo and Juliet (though I appreciated the language), quite liked Macbeth, and came to love Hamlet. I think I love Hamlet even more, due to the subtext study I had for Yuri Olesha’s Envy and my current attempts at trying to memorize the “To be or not to be” speech. (Currently got through the “bare bodkin” part! Halfway there!)

Nevertheless, to celebrate this special 400th anniversary and to show my appreciation for Hamlet, I spent, I suppose, at least an hour and a half to write this “little thing”…

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Yes, it is the famous “To be or not to be…” scene.

My hands cry in horror, but I am satisfied.

Yay Shakespeare 🙂

p.s. I am one those people who have doubts regarding who Shakespeare really is. I mean, I am not scholarly enough to make a good enough argument… but “The Last Will and Testament of William Shakespeare” was extremely convincing. It was through this document and its information was I finally able to feel Shakespeare the author within the text (Hamlet, actually!). Not only did this make me like Shakespeare more… I think it’s impossible for an author to be completely invisible. Many praise Shakepeare for his lack of presence within his work, but when a writing is the result of one’s observation/thoughts throughout life, and when everyone’s observation/thoughts are minutely different—how can one claim absolute universality? Finding general universal truth is possible, yes. But within writing? When every preference for word, order of things, or even characters… is a reflection upon one’s experience in life? I doubt it.

Nevertheless, no matter my lack of belief regarding this whole matter, Shakespeare deserves to be praised. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t appreciate his works (which was the case for me, for long). Because even then, one must appreciate him for simply existing—to be there for every future generations to refer back on…