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William Shakespeare

Wednesday Writers Christina Moss Shakespeare

Some years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the home of Shakespeare. Few artists have influenced the human population for over four hundred years, but old William has, and he continues to touch our lives. The fact that he was a rock star in his own time is obvious since he had the ear of the most powerful person in his country, the Queen herself.

If you are not a fan because you find his poetry and prose too burdensome to decipher, despair not dear friend, for Shakespearean English is a language all in itself and so to appreciate him takes some work at first. But whether or not you take the time is up to you. We can at least appreciate some of his influence through these sayings which he first penned and we still hear and use today.

“Knock-knock. Who’s there?”
“A piece of work.”
“Vanish into thin air.”
“Good riddance.”
“Seen better days.”
“Love is blind.”
“A sorry sight.”
“Off with his head!”
“The world is my oyster.”
“I have not slept one wink.”
“Fight fire with fire.”
“What’s done, is done.”
“Full circle.”
“Star-crossed lovers.”

Christina Moss


3 thoughts on “William Shakespeare

  1. We would all be better writers after taking a course or two or five in Shakespeare. There’s no way to say adequately in the short space of a comment how important his work is. He demonstrates more about true human behavior in fewer words than any other writer. Though the difference in style of speech is an obstacle to modern students, once you get used to Iambic pentameter and learn the Elizabethan slang, his plays have an immediacy and vibrant energy that’s unmatched by any other playwright in English.

    It’s wonderful you were able to go there!

  2. Hello there! It’s nice to hear from you, Invisible Mikey, as always. I agree, Shakespeare’s influence and style remains unmatched. It fascinates me that through the centuries some artists risen to the top and remain there. It makes me think of the future of art and culture. Who do you suppose will be long remembered and adored in 500 years?

    I’m thinking the Beatles, George Lucas, JK Rowling, and many more I guess. I get these amusing images of my great-great-great-great-grandchild. In one image she’s listening to “All you need is Love” and in another, brandishing a light-saber on Halloween, as Obi-Wan.

    • From current writers, I feel unqualified to guess being a newbie, but I do know movies. I think the giants who will emulated and studied the farthest out into the future are dead guys; Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles. On that note, much of the ending episode of “Breaking Bad” was directly inspired by the ending of Ford’s film The Searchers, and Vince Gilligan has admitted the homage.

      Right now Alfred Hitchcock is enjoying a revival, but my intuition is that it won’t last. I think George Lucas will eventually be forgotten as a director, but remembered for technological innovations – CGI, and THX sound. I agree that the interest in Beatles songs will last forever.

      Trying to figure out why genius occurs in the arts is a fascinating!

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