and plays were the source of inspiration for readers at this 2016
event to commemorate the 400th death anniversary of William
Shakespeare. The Bard is better known in India than in Britain
according to a recent survey:
polyamory and anti-Semitism to the madrigal poetic-musical form and
Original Pronunciation, the discussions were open-ended and
contemporary. Which demonstrates how relevant Shakespeare continues
to be 400 years after his death.
Thommo, Ammu, Shoba
tour of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary being celebrated in
Stratford-upon-Avon, consult BBC at
Reuben has provided a video on youtube that records the session for 25 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcOPHkkqQPw We missed Talitha, and five other readers who were absent for
unavoidable reasons. But here we are at the end, smiling with our
guest, Reuben, who took many of the pictures at this session.
Cobbe Portrait of William Shakespeare, ca. 1610, Artist unknown, oil on panel. Collection of Archbishop Charles Cobbe (1686–1765)
No poet has figured
oftener on this blog than William Shakespeare (WS). His sonnets, his
plays, and his long poems have been the subject of numerous readings
Twice we have
celebrated his birthday (Apr 23, 1564) with all-Shakespeare readings.
And on his 450th birthday we sponsored a week-long celebration in
Fort Kochi which is recorded in eight posts on this blog in April
2014. There were workshops in acting, a one-man Shakespeare play world premiere,
excerpts from his plays by college performers, lectures, a puppet show and Elizabethan singers.
Each age will
re-discover WS and find that resonance which makes
him the Universal poet expressing the thoughts and sentiments of
humankind everywhere. Poetry may undergo elemental changes from
Symbolism to Post-modernism to Existential drift, but such are the
varieties of truth a poet expressed four centuries ago in
incomparable language that they will be resurrected and told four
hundred years hence, with the same verve and novelty that they held
for viewers at the Thames-side Globe Theatre in the sixteenth century.
Reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London
This is a personal
tribute to the poet who has gripped my imaginative life for over half a
century. In this exploration I intend to look at the way Shakespeare treats death in his works, for it is the common end to which all
humankind arrives after the journey of life. Nothing could be more appropriate on his 400th death