Friday, May 25, 2012

Friends, Romans, Countrymen!

Lend me your Ears!

This is the summer of the Bard.  That's right.  We're studying Shakespeare over here.  At first I thought it might be boring, but tis not so, my good people.  Tis actually quite fun!  I'm going to keep track of what we read and we can talk about it, OK?
First up, we've finished A Midsummer's Night Dream.
 My favorite character is Nick Bottom.  He's an actor that isn't too happy to have the lead in a play.  No, that's not quite enough for Nick.  He wants to play every part, right down to the animals.  Here's the kicker: Nick has a lot more ambition than he has talent.   (Seen any American Idol auditions lately? Ha, ha.) 

This is Nick after Puck's prank.
Here are a few lines from the play that you might recognize:
"The course of true love never did run smooth."
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind."
"What fools these mortals be!"
There are lots of mixed-up, starcrossed lovers and silly pranks.  It's a fun and light hearted read, and methinks that you will love it! 

PS We are using the Shakespeare Can Be Fun and Shakespeare for Young People series.  We're also watching the movies when we finish.  Join us.  We have also finished Twelfth Night and next up is Hamlet.

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