Let’s talk Shakespeare. Going back ten years to my senior year of high school, I can still remember the huge effort my English teacher put into educating us on Shakespeare. As a senior project, my class read Twelfth Night together. Back then I didn’t know why my teacher insisted we actually understand the language used in Shakespeare’s plays since it seemed to go right over my head. So, it was interesting to read Joseph Smigelski’s article on Huffington Post. He writes about being “distressed” by his friend who struggled through Shakespeare also. The word “distressed” seemed a little melodramatic, but then I recalled the Shakespearean addicts I befriended in college; this would likely distress them also!
To prevent further ignorance and distress, we’re given a quick lesson on how to read Shakespeare. The lesson is easy–all you have to do is put in a lot of hard work. If you’re wanting to appreciate the material, says Smigelski, you’ve got to remember that “nothing worth having comes easily”. Get a Shakespeare paperback, he suggests–the one with that neverending glossary–become “attuned to a few archaic anomalies”, and then, he says, you’ll start to “get it” and the enjoyment will kick in. Sounds like it’s going to take some time before enjoyment kicks in for the people who struggle to read Shakespeare, but I’ve got to admit that once I “get” Shakespeare, I do enjoy reading his material.
Are we among diehard Shakespeare fans here? Did it take you a while to “get” Shakespeare like so many other people out there?