Shakespeare has been with me, all my life. In school, I studied Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Tempest and Macbeth. My father loved Shakespeare and could recite, off the cuff, from at least a dozen of the Bard’s plays. On his 90th birthday, he recited the Seven Ages of Man from As You Like It, at a lunch in his honour.
It was faultless and chosen then, by him, for the irony of he, being like Shakespeare’s old man, ‘sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything’ and on that last note, the inveterate showman that he was, he gestured with his thumb to himself, dropped his eyes, with a wry smile and accepted the plaudits of, not just his family, but of everyone else in the restaurant, that day.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2SkwfAh2Qg
Without Shakespeare, we can’t vanish into thin air, become a laughing stock or be, as dead as a doornail. His influence is immense and incalculable.
From webcomics and essays to videos, a collection of some of the web’s most engaging Shakespeare-centric blogs.