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    Quote Originally Posted by alexonedeath View Post
    I remember a high school teacher telling us that Shakespeare's works were not meant to be read; they were plays, meant to be watched. I've often wondered if that teacher was slightly full of shit. Everybody reads Shakespeare, but maybe that's because nobody wants to wait until the play comes to town. Anyway, I like the harpsichord, which is meant to be HEARD.

    Also, while we are on the subject of Shakespeare, what answer do YOU give to the question that's been batted around for centuries: Who REALLY wrote Shakespeare's plays? I think that is a puzzle almost as compelling as finding the true identity of "Jack the Ripper".
    My good AlexOne,

    You say you had a high school teacher who said that Shakespeare's works are not to be read as they are plays, meant to be watched ... and for this, you thought your high school teacher may
    "slightly full of shit."

    Hence, I beseech you, my good AlexOne, to try this out:

    Read this prose from Shakespeare's RICHARD III,
    Act One, Scene One, as presented by Richard, the Duke of Gloucester:

    "Now is the winter of our discontent

    Made glorious summer by this son of York;
    And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house

    In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
    Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths,

    Our bruised arms hung up for monuments,
    Our stern alarums chang’d to merry meetings,
    Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
    Grim-visag’d War hath smooth’d his wrinkled front;
    And now, in stead of mounting barbed steeds
    To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
    He capers nimbly in a lady’s chamber
    To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
    But I, that am not shap’d for sportive tricks,
    Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
    I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty
    To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
    I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion,
    Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
    Deform’d, unfinish’d, sent before my time
    Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
    And that so lamely and unfashionable
    That dogs bark at me as I halt by them—
    Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
    Have no delight to pass away the time,
    Unless to see my shadow in the sun
    And descant on mine own deformity.

    And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
    To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
    I am determined to prove a villain ....."

    Now, AlexOne, listen to these same words ACTED out:

    Now you tell me, my good AlexOne:

    Which is the most powerful, the words READ or the words ACTED out IN the very play itself ?

    As for the debate who actually wrote Shakespeare, I will share my thoughts on that here soon and also whether or not Shakespeare was GAY.

    See also this link, for my comments about our new budding very own CDG Shakespeare, such a great feat:
    Last edited by ArrowMan; 24-01-18 at 04:34 AM.

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