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Shakespeare’s omnipresence is  fun.  At least I think he’s everywhere, then and now, and I love that about him.  It’s amazing how he seems to have something to say about everything and everyone.

Old as wine yet fresh as a spring morning, this year marks the 450th anniversary of his birth.  The Shakespeare World is alive with celebrations.

shakespear 6~ Stratford ~

Truth is I used to resist Shakespeare in school until I went crazy about anything Jane Austen. Suddenly I chant Sonnet 116 ala Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken….

shakespear 4~ the wife’s abode ~

And for a thorough helping of insult, try this one from Henry IV. Nothing beats what Shakespeare fancies tickling. These are words only a Shakespeare can pull off.  Is the Bard cheeky or what?

“Away, you scullion! you rampallion! you fustilarian!
I’ll tickle your catastrophe.”
–Falstaff from “2 Henry IV” (2.1.68)

Thanks to our hosts: Mrs Nesbitt and the ABC Team * Our World

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Joy delights in joy

Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy. ~ (Sonnet VIII) William Shakespeare

butterfly pea, yellow potCommentaries on Shakespeare’s sonnet 8 (here and here) suggest a theme of joy in a family which is similar to harmony in music.

This photo captures several sources of joy for me. Most notably after the obvious is that post card from a bloggity friend  whom I am planning to take a European literary tour with in five years. We would of course begin the tour in England.

Just thinking about that is joy that keeps me looking at life positively.

Links: Mrs Nesbitt and the ABC TEAM * Sally’s Blues * Mellow Yellows

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Katherina contemplates her empty plate in The ...

Katherina contemplates her empty plate in The Taming of the Shrew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are keen on classic literature, you may sense something familiar in these modern teen films.

Take Valley Girl (1983). Deborah Foreman, the valley girl and Nicholas Cage, a punk fall in love to the objection of their social circles who are fundamentally opposites. I sniff Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet theme in it.

Clueless, released in 1995, follows the plot of a novel written a century and eight decades ago – Jane Austen’s Emma. I could have just said a hundred and eighty years ago or drop a visually numeral 1815 but I thought you might have fun with the math. Finding out how long have creations been around is part of the appeal of why they are classic. See the similarity: a rich girl (Alicia Silverstone, Clueless) has got a ‘project’ which is helping her friends with fashion choices, and yes, boyfriend choices too.  The Emma heroine plays matchmaker for Harriet Smith.

In 1999 I passed up watching “10 Things I Hate About You” because I have had enough hatred in actual life to deal with. The truth is I wasn’t aware the film was based on some of my favorites things – classic literature. Had I known it was I would have watched it. This time I’ll get to see how good and nice a retelling it is of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

And how about From Prada to Nada? It is said to be a Latina spin on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

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