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Old 8th August 2007, 08:46 PM
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Favorite Shakespeare

Hey kids. What are your favorite Shakespearean dramas, and why?

Mine is The Tempest, principally because of the vivid place it occupies in my imagination on account of Nyman's "Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs" and by the visually stunning Peter Greenaway film, "Prospero's Books," (also scored by Nyman) both of which helped electrify some of the sublime poetry in it. My favorite part of the play is probably "Sir, he may live; I saw him beat the surges under him, and ride upon their backs. He trod the water, whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted the surge most swoll'n that met him," and an amalgam of Ariel's speeches in I.2:

"I boarded the King's ship. Now on the beak,
Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin,
I flamed amazement. Sometime I'd divide,
And burn in many places. On the topmast,
The yards and bowsprit would I flame distinctly,
Then meet and join ...

... Not a soul
But felt a fever of the mad, and played
Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners
Plunged in the foaming brine, and quit the vessel,
Then all afire with me. The King's son, Ferdinand,
With hair up-staring - then like reeds, not hair -
Was the first man that leaped; cried, 'Hell is empty,
And all the devils are here!'"
Also in I.2, the famous exchange between Prospero and Miranda:

Pr. The fringed curtains of thine eye advance,
And say what thou seest yon.
Mi. What is't? A spirit?
Lord, how it looks about! Believe me, sir,
It carries a brave form. But tis a spirit.
Pr. No, wench, it eats and sleeps, and hath such senses
As we have, such....
What about you guys?
Old 8th August 2007, 09:49 PM
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I seem to have taken a liking to Macbeth.
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I hate Shakespear.
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I rather like A Midsummer Night's Dream, and recently I went to see Taming of the Shrew. Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet have been seen by me too many times for me to enjoy them. Ugh, stupid cross-curricular studying. Ruined that like it ruined the Tudor era.

I really want to see The Tempest, though.
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I agree with BMP - it's "The Tempest" for me. I have seen it several times on stage - including once at the renowned Stratford Festival with the recently-deceased master actor, William Hutt. And yes, the poetry in it is some of Shakespeare's very best.

But the most impressive production of it I've seen was a few years ago right here on the Islands where I live. The various scenes were acted out in different locations (beach, meadow, forest, etc.) and the audience was led between them, and between the ferry dock and the play's site in a fire parade... Spectacular - and so befitting the play.
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Old 9th August 2007, 02:07 AM
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I am not a fan of shakespeare, ever since I was in a production of Much Ado About Nothing, it was a disaster. I knew ALL my lines, but everyone else ****ed up and so screwed me up. I have avoided all shakespeare since then, lest I bring back horrid embarrassing memories.
Old 9th August 2007, 02:23 AM
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I've never seen any of the plays performed, but of the ones that I have read, I'd have to go with Macbeth.
Old 9th August 2007, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by gooseface View Post
I've never seen any of the plays performed...
I hope you do see some on stage. They can be hard to appreciate when just reading... especially if they are required school reading. But once you've seen some of them in good stage productions, they can be magical.

Of course, some are more magical than others...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite Shakesphere comedy; it's easy read and its pretty funny. My favorite tragedy is Macbeth because it is a cool story.
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I'll have to go with The Merchant Of Venice
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