Shakespeare second to only scripture has been my guide in interpreting the world of not only my own heart by the hearts of others. In our age of reason it is easy to become mired in facts, figures and laws. Shakespeare though has been one of my anchors to the heart. I interpreted my first love though his words as well as betrayal and honor.
I am trying to remember my first exposure to the bard’s work. As a student at Catlin Gabel School I first fell in love with Shakespeare through the instruction of several teachers. Like other Gen-xers, I remember great film adaptations like LA Story. I enjoyed moments of euphoria watching Much Ado About Nothing in an art house theater in downtown Portland. Through them I was introduced to the magic of words. I found myself rushing home from these films to read the words for myself.
To this day I struggle to decide which of the four types of Shakespeare have had the most influence on me. The one play that I consistently return to is Henry V. I can’t even explain why I am moved so much by this telling of English history other than it inspires me to be a better leader, friend and lover.
I wish I could say I see more live plays. That is something I plan to remedy as I introduce my children to his work. My father even owns a mt. resort in one of the world’s Shakespeare meccas, Ashland Oregon. So I have no excuse.
So as you can see from the photo, on his birthday I once again have Shakespeare’s Works off the self and in hand. Who knows what his splendid tales will inspire next.
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