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