I speak Shakespeare

So, a couple of weeks, @RachClements reminded me of our plan to read and record more poetry, and I mooted Shakespeare, for the 400th anniversary of his death.

And so, yesterday, I finally grabbed my copy of The Tempest off the shelf to record a bit.  The Tempest was my A-level Shakespeare, and I enjoyed it fine at the time. But it is a play that has grown on me with time and with watching. Having studied it makes watching it so much more rewarding.  There’s a bundle of reasons I love it and passages I enjoy, but this may be my favourite: the sad exhale of a man whose life as not gone as he hoped or expected.

Act IV, Scene 1, The Tempest

 

It turns out that the Shakespeare we studied at school tends to stick with you. @Rubbishgroupie sent me a recording of Titania’s speech from Act II, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – one of her GCSE drama pieces.

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