One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kerry Says ~ Let's Tip Our Hats to the Bard

It is 400 years ago to the day that William Shakespeare died (and if legend is true, 452 since he was born). It would be remiss of this community of poets to allow the day to slip by without at least a nod in the direction of the progenitor of modern English literature.

The Daily Mail
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I read an interesting article recently which brought home how valuable a contribution Shakespeare made to the archives of the world. A set of four extremely rare folios will be sold at auction in May, and are expected to fetch £ 1.3 million. The full article can be read at The Daily Mail UK.

Detail of Visscher's Panorama of London
showing the Globe Theatre (1616)

Another example of historical commemoration this year, is that of artist Robin Reynolds' redrawing of the 1616 Visscher engraving, which details the city of London from Whitehall to St Katharine’s Dock and has been described as one of the most 'recognisable and historic' images of London. Read more HERE. Within Reynold's view of current day London, taken from the same vantage point as the original, he has embedded 41 hidden references to the works of Shakespeare. If you enjoy searching for hidden objects, and have some time to spare, I would recommend the challenge of looking for each one at Visscher Redrawn: Hunt the Shakespeare.

Our Challenge:

I do not want this prompt to be another tried and tested Shakespeare bonanza. Rather, I would encourage you to approach the topic of "things Shakespearean" in a different way. Our world is a very different place to the one he inhabited, and many would question the relevance of Shakespeare's work today. If you could save only one piece of his body of work - one name, one line, one title, one sonnet, one play - which would it be?

This is one suggestion to get the ideas flowing. I am setting no strict parameters, but ask that some reference be made to the Bard, in his honour on this particular day.


Gemma Wiseman said...

I was so hoping that there would be a prompt connected with Shakespeare - celebrating his place in April. Adored this one Kerry.

brudberg said...

i might do a sonnet here... To me it sounds impossible with just a fragment to keep... Fortunately.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I agree with Bjorn – and have said so in pure doggerel!

hedgewitch said...

Wonderful prompt, Kerry--I was very curious to see what you would do with this--I will see if I can come up with something at some point that is sufficient unto the man who has most surely taken our language from the mundane to the celestial and back, often in one phrase. Thanks.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello everyone,

Loved the prompt Kerry - I just couldn't resist letting out my romantic side. Sharing my poem "Romeo and Juliet." Hope you guys like it!

Lots of love,

brudberg said...

I tried to focus on the legacy and how different it would be without his words... and a Shakespearean sonnet of course.

angieinspired said...

Kerry, I couldn't pick just one Shakespeare piece to keep I kept snippets from the majority of his work and pieced it together in my letter to him:)

Outlawyer said...

Wonderful prompt, Kerry. I went rather to the silly side, I'm afraid; may think about another as well. k.

Linda C. Folks said...

A fun prompt Kerry, I've enjoyed responding,,

C.C. said...

With such a vast and daunting quantity and quality of material when it comes to the Bard....I loved the way you presented this prompt, Kerry. Really made it less intimidating and more personal....great idea, thanks :-)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Sanaa - Still don't think my comments are getting through. Apologies.

Jim said...

Sorry I missed writing for this one. I did have a start but time ran out. I am not super well versed in his writings. Equally with the poems I like his plays. Like the proverbial "bible on the shelf," I do own "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" which I bought at the bookstore and souvenir store at Stratford on the Avon, U.K. And like my "Complete Works of Robert Burns" purchased at the souven shop near his birthplace, Alliway, Aryshire, Scotland.
I didn't get far either with a Poem a Day writing but still get to write a few more. Thank you for hosting.

Marian said...

I don't even know what I'm doing here anymore but the particular sonnet I've quoted is pretty important to me. Hope you are all well, xoxo

Fireblossom said...

a day late and a dollar short, but slipping in the side entrance anyway with a poem.

Hannah said...

Thank you, for the challenge Kerry...I'm glad I finally got to get to it...I've found a great old Shakespeare book recently...gave me a great reason to browse through it. :)