All posts tagged: Shakespeare

Happy Birthday, Ludwig…

You know the story, by now… Ludwig Von Beethoven was born (probably…) on this date in 1770 (maybe…) in Bonn, Germany. What we do know is that, among other things, he wrote (possibly…) the greatest piece of musical literature of all time… so far… I suppose it’s always possible someone will surpass this work in beauty, grace, perfection and all the other adjectives we associate with it… That would be something to see (and hear!). I wonder if I’ll ever see it… But… really… unless you believe it’s possible, it’s not likely you’d recognize it when it did arrive. Well… I don’t have a problem in the concept of exceptional talent residing in a single individual. I don’t think for one minute that mankind has an upper limit to our ability to exceed prior limits. I don’t have a problem, for example, in ascribing all the works of Shakespeare to that unknown from Stratford-Upon-Avon… And I will rejoice if the 9th is indeed surpassed one day. As for me and my house… we believe…         Image …

This band of brothers…

Today is the birthday of Henry the Fifth, the first monarch of England to grow up speaking and writing fluently in English. Before him, all spoke either French or Saxon. Let Shakespeare say it for me, and for us all; better than any ever said it before, or hence. This movie alone is a large part of why Henry V is one of my favorites of Shakespeare’s works.   Image found here.  

Happy Birthday, Will…

Okay, yeah, sure… We traditionally celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd of April. But we don’t really know when he was born. We do know he was baptized on this date. Now, I’m as traditional as the next guy. Heck, on a good day, I can take on all comers… tradition wise… But that ding-dang A to Z Challenge thingy didn’t line up properly, to ‘do’ Will on the 23rd. So I’ll ‘do’ him now. Because there are some days that should never go by unremarked…

Music…

Well… I mean… Ch’uh!!! What did you think I was gonna use for my “M” post? Murgatroyd? As in “Heavens to – exit, stage left, even?” Not a chance… I will, however, take it in a direction that some would not have predicted. Unless you’re paying particularly close attention to what has come before. Of course, if you’re paying that kind of attention to this particular blog… Perhaps a hobby might be in order. Might I suggest gardening, or genealogy, or any number of things that begin with the letter “G”? See my post from the 8th of this month if you need additional ideas… But I digress… 

All the world’s a stage…

Julius Caesar Act 1. SCENE II. A public place. Flourish. Enter CAESAR; ANTONY, for the course; CALPURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS BRUTUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, and CASCA; a great crowd following, among them a Soothsayer CAESAR Calpurnia! CASCA Peace, ho! Caesar speaks. CAESAR Calpurnia! CALPURNIA Here, my lord. CAESAR Stand you directly in Antonius’ way, When he doth run his course. Antonius! ANTONY Caesar, my lord? CAESAR Forget not, in your speed, Antonius, To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say, The barren, touched in this holy chase, Shake off their sterile curse. ANTONY I shall remember: When Caesar says ‘do this,’ it is perform’d. CAESAR Set on; and leave no ceremony out. Flourish Soothsayer Caesar! CAESAR Ha! who calls? CASCA Bid every noise be still: peace yet again! CAESAR Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear. Soothsayer Beware the ides of March. CAESAR What man is that? BRUTUS A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. …