Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Review)

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in English history. He wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets and other verses.

Blurb

The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

Review

This is another book off my Summer Goodreads Reading Challenge and the prompt for this one was to read a format of book you do not usually read so I chose a play because I have not read a play since school. I must admit I really enjoyed it and plan on reading more plays in the future.

I saw this play a few years ago live at a National Trust property outside and laughed a lot I have fond memories of yellow cross gartered stockings. I loved reading this play and it reminded me a great deal of the play when I saw it years ago. Shakespeare is a true comic genius and the use of this genius is evident in this play.

The storyline of the twins is brilliantly executed although I do think the ending is rather rushed but that might just be me wanting the play to last longer. I loved the character of Viola, trying to survive in a man’s world and at the same time falling in love with a man who she cannot go near without blowing her disguise. Sebastian’s part is small in comparison to Viola’s but still vital to the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this play and it only took me a few hours to read. I gave this book a full 5 out of 5 Dragons.

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Friday Poetry, 21st June 2019

So tomorrow is meant to be the longest day of the year so I have chosen something suitable and also something close to my heart as I studied the play for my Drama A Level.

I’m not entirely sure whether this counts as a poem but I am going for it.

This chosen piece is from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and is the meditation that Duke Theseus delivers on what it means to dream.

 

More strange than true! I never may believe

These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

More than cool reason ever comprehends.

The lunatic, the lover and the poet

Are of imagination all compact.

One sees more devils than vast hell can hold:

That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic,

Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt.

The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,

Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven,

And as imagination bodies forth

The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name.

Such tricks hath strong imagination,

That if it would but apprehend some joy,

It comprehends some bringer of that joy;

Or in the night, imagining some fear,

How easy is a bush suppos’d a bear!

 

William Shakespeare

 

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Mid Week Quote

As yesterday was Shakespeare’s birthday, I have gone for a quote from Shakepeare’s play Macbeth. 

Macbeth is probably the play I have seen the most on stage and on TV and it always amazes me how each production is portrayed differently.

 

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”

 

William Shakespeare (c. 1606)

 

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

It is not known on which day Shakespeare was actually born but the 23rd April has become the day we celebrate his birthday, it is also the same day he died. I personally hope he was born on a different day because I find it very sad that he died on his birthday.

William Shakespeare as I bet you all know was a famous English playwright, poet and actor in the 1500’s and early 1600’s. He is also known as the Bard of Avon.

It is believed his work extends to 39 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems there are also some verses that are believed to be his work but it is not definite.

I have visited Shakespeare’s family home a few times over the years and always find it fascinating, the man is quite a mystery, as so little is known about his life with his family. I always feel sorry for his poor wife though as he spent so much time away in London and she was left at home with the children, I can’t help but wonder what went through her mind. She must have been a very trusting woman.

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I have studied many of Shakespeare’s plays over the years and seen them on the stage. So far I have only found one I can not stand and that is The Tempest, no matter how many times I have read it and seen it I still dislike it and I doubt it will ever change. Otherwise I love all the rest and my favourites have got to be The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I played Puck in a school A Level production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Our Drama teacher also made us regularly memorise Shakespeare sonnets and recite them on stage.

Anyway, that is my little relationship with the work of Shakespeare.

Happy Birthday and thank you for all your great work.

 

Lady Book Dragon.