Whenever I have the chance I bang on about Shakespeare, sing his praises, quote from him, generally can’t really get over him because what he wrote leaves me wondering why I even bother to write anything because blow me he’s already said it a thousand times better than I ever could or can. You can’t say anything without tripping over some phrase or description he’s already uttered. He’s just a giant.
But then I wonder what other people think of him. I have to confess that poor old Bill was rammed down my throat when I was at school and we had to go to see him played at theatres on school outings, I won’t say performed that’s far too gracious a way of describing it, but rather perpetrated by some of the worst god awful ‘actors’ you ever did see. As a result I came late to Shakespeare and I do mean late because I had to rid my brain of all the mental bullying I had had to encounter when I first caught him in the classroom.
So I ask in all humility; What do you think of Shakespeare?