shakespear afraid

anonymous asked:

Do you have a Shakespeare edition that you find particularly aesthetically pleasing? I'm not looking for recommendations, more just curious about which of your Shakespeare books is your favorite to look at.

I know this isn’t what you’re asking for, but it really honestly depends on what I’m using it for. If I’m just reading it for fun I tend to gravitate towards single-volume editions because, useful as the Norton and Riverside are, they’re a bit unwieldy for pleasure reading. It also depends on the play, because some plays I have like fifty different copies of (Lear) and others I’ve never bothered to buy individual editions of (Love’s Labours Lost) for whatever reason. Sometimes it’s literally whatever’s closest. There’s not a whole lot of rhyme or reason to it, I’m afraid.

You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains.You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines.You say that you love the wind, but you close your windows when wind blows.This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.
—  William Shakespeare

shakspaere  asked:

I saw your post about liminal spaces and Shakespeare. I'm afraid I don't get it. How is Shakespeare all about liminal spaces? Could you give me some examples? I think I'm approaching this totally wrong. Thanks.

Ok so a liminal space is somewhere that exists between two clearly defined places - in literature that’s often portrayed or translated into metaphorical terms, with characters who don’t quite fit with the either/or status quo, or situations of upheaval and change.

Shakespeare seemed to love that shit. He uses physical liminal spaces, such as the forests in a midsummer night’s dream and the forest of Arden - where no one is acting according to their ‘proper’ station and the rules don’t apply, or in Antony and Cleo where the lovers exist in an unstable space halfway between Rome and Egypt, but never quite achieving the balance. Lear’s storm is a liminal space, too - a purgatorial sort of nowhere between the comforts of his kingdom and the inevitable approach of death. Hamlet is tortured by the liminal limbo of his moral indecision. An almost literal suspension between the damnation of murder and the shame of suicide. To be: and go to hell for killing? Or not to be: and go to hell for killing myself? Or live: and be torn apart by the paradox.

The characters cannot go back but also cannot seem to move forward without some catastrophic change taking place. They are stuck in the liminal space until they transform.

On a lighter note, you could also argue that the cross-dressing characters are liminal, too - Rosalind is a boy actor playing a girl playing a boy playing a girl in a game of self discovery and sexual awakening. She is neither gender and both. Lady Macbeth enters a liminal space when she asks the spirits to 'unsex me here’ - in fact, she’s almost asking to be transformed into something beyond man or woman so that she can carry out inhuman acts.

I could go on. I hope that makes more sense.

anonymous asked:

Hey! Can I have a MPHFPC male ship? (No matter if you don't answer very fast) i'm 5'1,dark brown hair and brown eyes under a pair of glasses.I'm a Gryffindor 10/10,my friends say that my best quality is being brave but i also very intelligent and I love reading about everything but I have to say I really like Shakespeare.I'm not afraid of saying what I think.i'm very loyal. Sweet.Elvis Presley.Classic wise talks.Emotional.i live for the herbal tea. Thanks sweetheart 💕

Hello, thanks for the request! I ship you with…

Jacob Portman

Jacob loves how brave you are and that you always help him with his nightmares, comforting him or simply listening to him. You often have deep conversations and occasionally quotes Shakespeare to impress you.
He teases you a lot, mostly about your high and constantly towers above you to smile down on you.

Tu dici che ami la pioggia, ma quando piove apri l’ombrello.
Tu dici che ami il sole, ma quando splende cerchi l’ombra.
Tu dici che ami il vento, ma quando tira chiudi la porta.
Per questo ho paura quando dici che mi ami.
—  William Shakespeare.

This painting in Hannibal’s kitchen (yeah, yeah, while someone may be watching the fight, I am mesmerized by the paintings around :D - no, don’t worry I am just kidding, Hannibal’s butt takes the precedence everywhere ;)) is called A Winter’s Tale, Act III, Scene III, Desert Place near the Sea by Robert Smirke.

Robert Smirke was an English painter and illustrator, specialising in small paintings showing subjects taken from literaure. He was a member of the Royal Academy.

The Winter’s Tale is a play by William Shakespeare. I am afraid I am not very familiar with it, so I raided the wiki and the likes:  It was originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Although it was grouped among the comedies, some modern editors have relabelled the play as one of Shakespeare’s late romances. Some critics consider it to be one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”, because the first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and supply a happy ending. (source: wiki)

I really hope that the last sentence will apply to the show! Three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and supply a happy ending. (Obviously now we are in the first three acts. And I want my happy ending! Welll… of course it is to be discussed what would a happy end in this show mean, wink wink ;)).


All descriptions of paintings in Hannibal are here.