Shakespeare: awesome or overrated?
I was in his house in Stratford upon Avon. Mommy and Daddy had money. Nice digs! So he had the time to write I guess.
I like Christopher Marlowe better...
It's awesome, good source of wisdom.
Shakespeare + Laurence Oliver = totally awesome!
I have heard he might not have written many of his plays. Not sure whether to believe it or not.
I really loved shakespeare's play julius caesar! When my teacher announced that's is what we going to read are last semester I was ecstatic!
He is no god of English literature but he certainly is entertaining.
Very well put.
Both, kind of
Age, income, state, sex all seem to have about the same percentage. The only big difference is Rep vs Dem...I wonder why that is?
I've noticed many people who don't like it" just don't understand how complex and beautiful it is.
he's overrated if you don't know what is happening in the stories and think the message is what the teachers tell you in school
Of course republicans say he is overrated.
Why would you even say that?
For those of you that say overrated, I would like to see you write plays using almost entirely iambic pentameter.
But most cities have theaters that will stage classics now and then. No need to read em!
If you haven't read more than one or two of Shakespeare's works then you shouldn't be talking.
To be or not to be? That is the question.
Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
too many thyes and thous
If that stops someone.. Something wrong with their brain
He actually didn't even write all the stories that say he's the author, he just took credit for them. *cough* *cough* overrated...
Only snooty high class people say that because he didn't go to college and think you have to go to college to be intellectual
Well I didn't even know he didn't go to college but thanks for proving my point
How did I prove your point? Was just saying why majority of people believe that
Doesn't prove your point. Steve Jobs didn't go to college.. I bet you're on an apple product.
So it has nothing to do with anything
Answered yes just on his contributions to English alone. Say what you want about his stories (which I thought were usually great), he's an important guy!
Even if he was a bit of a perv!
Are you kidding? A perv? That's how things were back then.. Stop being so uptight
And that my friend. Was not meant to be taken seriously.
There are crazies who believe that and think people back then were immoral.. So forgive me
When every high school studies you you are amazing
The more appropriate question would be 'who actually read Shakespeare?' I'm assuming that most of the 'no' votes are coming from people who didn't enjoy reading R&J in high school and never bothered to read any of his other, greater works
Can't just assume that,
Enough said. Great Book!!
Am I the only one who felt the need to watch the Lion King after reading Hamlet?
Lion king is hamlet so no. Haha
Play* caught that typo
Although Romeo and Juliet is a staple of high school English, I would urge anyone who said 'overrated' to read or see a production of one of his truly masterful works. Most scholars cite Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Richard III as his best works.
Agreed. You can't have a proper opinion on Shakespeare until reading the great tragedies
I initially voted overrated, then remembered the insane amount of contributions he made. The man invented over 1700 words.. Many of which we still use. Invincible, impartial, tranquil, gnarled, obscene, amazement. All Shakespeare.
It's easy to sound awesome when thou sentence doth no freakin sense make.
"No, sir, i do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but i do bite my thumb sir." Favorite quote ever
When you read it, it's confusing and strange. But when you hear it, it's brilliant.
You can call him overrated when you can write in sonnets and invent your own language and create THE universal themes that practically every story is based on...
People say that Shakespeare is cliche and overrated but what they don't realize is that he IS the original. Many, many works of literature are based on his themes. It's the works that are more modern and contain HIS themes that we should call cliche.
I've only read Romeo and Juliet. I thought the plot in itself was overrated but the way he wrote it was amazing.
Did you know that when he began it he was intending it to be a comedy?
Bill only sets the bar and creates the foundation of all literature and theater in the Western Hemisphere, if not influencing all writings in the world since. How could anyone say overrated? Wow peeps, Comp 101, Lit 101, World History 101?
Oops forgot, education and global understandings are the enemy for many here...
Probably the greatest writer to ever have lived
Anyone who voted overrated has neither appreciation nor the brain cells required for classical literature.
Don't be mean to the Republicans. (Those numbers were surprising)
I thought Romeo and Juliet was overrated but once you think about it and see that the story is about young love and not true love and how well he was able to write teenagers you can enjoy it more
I mean we all killed our high school sweethearts "other choice" didn't we?
As I get older, my appreciation if his work goes up.
He stole most of his works from earlier writers, and none of his stories are particularly remarkable. They also have no literal or allegorical relevance to modern society.
West Side Story, a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Laurents, Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins. Pure genius
Gun.. Didn't steal his work for anyone.
And most stories back then have little relevance now.
The man was a literary genius
How was he supposed to write them to have allegorical significance to modern society when he didn't know how the world would change in 500 years! They had allegorical significance to his time period and are still fascinating.
There point is, human nature is what it is and overall the world doesn't change much
I wasn't siding with gunfighter.
But if he thinks he'd be better than he can write several plays and we'll see what relevance it had in 500 years
some of his plays id view as a bit over rated, but most of them are so interesting and have spawned amazing quotes
He INVENTED words and phrases we still use today. Shakespeare is the man!!!
Mostly overrated. My favorite book is Hamlet though.
Shall thou Speak Against great omighty shaskphere
That's how he would say it
What fools these mortals be!
Charles and Mary Lamb have a book retelling all the stories. They used to tell them to the people who could not afford a ticket to the plays! Great book to get all the plots in understandable terms!
Just saying, Shakespeare may not have even been the William Shakespeare from Stratford upon Avon
There's actually a ton of evidence for it being someone else
So this question would include the works attributed to "Shakespeare"
If you say overrated, don't use any of the following expressions:
It's Greek to me/Forever and a day/We have seen better days/My minds eye/Off with his head/Love is blind/What is in a name/He eats me out of house and home /I won't budge an inch
Amazingly, those aren't all in my top phrases, don't know how I can stop using them
Dont forget! He invented the word bubble and a bunch of other curse words.
"Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble."
Add about 100 more
All that glitters is not gold
How about "eyeball". There is no record of that work existing before he wrote it down
I don't like him because I don't care for his works. While they are well written, they simply don't interest me, and for that reason I hate reading them.
What about watching them? Have you ever seen one?
Live in a theatre, I should specify. There are some good movies, but it's not the same.
I can't say I have, but I feel like it would give the story more character as a live show. The only movies I have seen though are the 60's Romeo & Juliet and the Leonardo DiCaprio version, if you'd count that.
Oof. I really don't like the DiCaprio one and the Zepherelli (60's one) is not very good either. And Romeo and Juliet is not his best either. If you get the chance to see a play, I'd highly recommend it. It does help.
shall I compare thee to a summers day? thou art more lovely and more temperate. rough winds do shake the darling buds of may, and summers lease hath all too short a date. sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines and often is his gold complextion dimmed.... that's all I have memorized.
His words can have so many other meaning besides what is just written on the paper and it is beautifully written. An excellent high school English teacher spending weeks on one play has made me a true fan. It was my favorite semester of high school by far.