- Oct 10, 2008
- Near Lake Forest, Illinois --- USA
My good AlexOne,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".
You're right, ArrowMan -- no contest! In the '60s, there wasn't an easy way to make such a powerful comparison, but I have no excuse for not having seen the light since. I owe you thanks for pointing it out...and my teacher an apology. :\
Which is the most powerful, the words READ or the words ACTED out IN the very play itself ?
RIGHT -- too many teachers hate their job, or, at best, are indifferent to it. Also, if they've been teaching for years, they end up hating their students as well. It all adds up to a piss-poor school experience for everyone. Real learning takes place only when it is actively sought by the student, and that does not even require a school or a teacher.I think one of the problems we have with Shakespeare is that we are compelled to study him at school and the teaching is often done by teachers with no real interest in the subject. Thus we fail to relate to him and his works.