Friday, July 27, 2012

Homebaked Shakespeare

I don’t mean to be a buzz kill, but I can’t help imagine some other Homebaked ways to incorporate Shakespeare into the Olympics. James Shapiro points out that Caliban’s speech from The Tempest, recited by Kenneth Branagh during the opening ceremonies was, er, taken a bit out of context.

Instead of This Enchanted Isle, how about This Undiscovered Country? (Oh wait, that’s also a crappy idea since Hamlet’s referring to the experience of death.) Um, This Mazed World? (That’s also a bad one—Titania’s description of chaos for humans.)

Perhaps Shakespeare just isn’t the dude to strike the right tone for the Olympics? As John Dugdale notes on The Guardian's Book Blog, he didn’t really think much of sport in the first place. 

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