Poetry Notes — William Shakespeare
What did Poetry mean for Shakespeare?
William Shakespeare was born in the year 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. The man’s plays, (e.g. Romeo & Juliet) are known world-wide. A writer’s soul often hopes to touch another’s life in a way that reveals we indeed are all connected by L.O.V.E. and not just DNA. There are many dramas, plays, and poetic writings that never grow stale in accomplishing such elevated thoughts and purpose. William Shakespeare’s literary work has been a staple in curriculum for centuries.
“While William Shakespeare’s reputation is based primarily on his plays, he became famous first as a poet.” – Poetry Foundation https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-shakespeare
“Like most Elizabethan treatments of love, Shakespeare’s work is characterized by paradox (“She’s love, she loves, and yet she is not lov’d”), by narrative and thematic diversity, and by attempts to render the inner workings of the mind, exploring the psychology of perception (“Oft the eye mistakes, the brain being troubled”). The poem addresses such artistic preoccupations of the 1590s as the relation of poetry to painting and the possibility of literary immortality, as well as social concerns such as the phenomenon of “masterless women,” and the (to men) alarming and unknowable forces unleashed by female desire, an issue that for a host of reasons fascinated Elizabeth’s subjects.”
What does poetry mean to you?
There are a lot of places you can go to hear poets read or recite their best poetic creation. Are you a reader of poetry? Do you visit hole/hide away in the wall cafes and restaurants in the late afternoon – early evening hours to hear these budding artists? Typically, for the astute establishment’s manager with a modest budget, there will be a band or two to mix up the program during the night. Yes, if you are a reader of poetry, then most likely you would enjoy hearing these writers of the mind’s universe recite their poems with flavor, pitch, pace, and power!
The atmosphere and setting, when arranged just so, bring out the best in the artist; in return, your audience will leave your establishment feeling their best. At the very least, feeling they received their currency worth and will tell others about your restaurant or cafe.