Hey, has anyone here ever been to a Shakespeare play?
Or, if you've haven't, have you at least studied it in school?
And then forgot about it some years later until now?
If you have, then you would know that the language is preeeety hard to read, so much as understand when someone is saying it out loud and is talking too fast for you to fully comprehend what the bloody, crimson hell they're saying.
And that to me, is just sad.
Because, as I just had myself enrolled in a small acting class/summer camp thing, and then had myself study Shakespeare along with some o' me friends, I realized just how beautiful the language is. It's very brilliantly told and poetic compared to the crap we have today, and if you just sit back and take a moment to reread through the dialogue until you actually get what they're saying then what was once a heap of unintelligible nonsense slowly becomes something much more wondrous then what you originally thought.
I guess that's another reason why Shakespeare is considered to be the best storyteller man has ever known. He's not just a brilliant dramatic theorist, he's also an amazing poet/writer who knows how to convey words in a way that gives it a life of its own.
No wonder his plays are still performed today. If you actually know what the hell they're talking about it's pretty wicked.
And that's what makes it so sad about Shakespeare. He's a brilliant writer, but nobody knows what he's saying anymore. His words have lost meaning to us a long time ago.
But I guess in some sense, the language did change for the better. I mean, now we're more concise and specific when it comes to talking, because let's be honest people. Saying "Hey Frank, how's the weather today?" is much precise than saying, "Forsooth, good Sirrah! How do the clouds fare today?"
In fact, one of you remind me to do that to someone, that way they'll think I've REALLY lost it.
But enough about me, what do you guys think of Shakespeare?