Shakespeare, where are you? 25/04/2011

I always wondered  how William Shakespeare could  visualize the best and worst  amongst human behavior and present it with all its nuances  so  vividly  in his tragedies and comedies. However the theme in his  sonnets  is slightly different as it talks more of   love and longing. All this he could do with his vocabulary of less than 30000 words, (some of them have become archaic now) I lament at the fact that  we had to study only two plays of his, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘As You Like It’ for our P.G.course and just a few of his sonnets and always wished our lecturers had  done better justice when they taught these to us.

Shakespeare would never have imagined that lovers of literature (read lovers of his plays) would celebrate his  birthday, the 23rd.of April, by holding meetings of literary nature every month and  bring together like minded people to share their views.  I think it’s not just the lovers of  Shakespeare who should remember him but everyone in this world for the simple reason that we  are increasingly coming across   people  resembling   the unsavoury characters portrayed by the dramatist in his tragedies. Probably this would act as a forewarning to gullible people.

The World Book Day which is celebrated once a year in April   probably to restore the fast  disappearing reading habit (amongst youngsters in particular) should be celebrated  once a month to be more effective.

 Meera Raghavendra Rao


2 thoughts on “Shakespeare, where are you? 25/04/2011

  1. V Raghavan

    Books will never become extinct. It is now actually the other way round – with the proliferation that you see around. We now need a short list of short lists to pick the right ones and find time to read.

  2. Like Tennyson says in his poem Brook, ‘Men may come and men may go but I go on for ever’ new titles keep appearing (especially by publishers like Penguin) with such alacrity that no matter whether they are read or not, publishers are not cheesed off!

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