"To blog or not to blog: that is the question." –Not Hamlet, Act III, scene 1
The so-called English Renaissance of the 16th and early 17th centuries is known for the proto-scientific philosophies of Thomas More and Francis Bacon and the music of Thomas Tallis, but it's most famous for poetry and drama. Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, John Milton, Edmund Spenser, and so many more join the era's most famous figure, William Shakespeare, whom each generation adopts and then adapts to suit its own needs.
Last week we decided it was time to haul out the iambic pentameter, the "alarums" and "forsooths," and blog either in the style of the Bard of Avon or in one's own voice but as if you were living in Shakespeare's time. We also offered the alternative of writing about why he wouldn't blog.
A few entries stood out:
- Author Steve Hauk continues his riotous, era-shredding story about Christopher Marlowe with a hilarious contretemps starring English Renaissance figures squabbling over blogging and crime. Enjoy "Will's Blog."
- What if Shakespeare surveyed the current candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Member Stephen Marks takes on the challenge in his clever "Sonnet 12.4.1."
- For the best straightforward answer to the question of what Shakespeare would blog and, more importantly why, we like author Christopher Meeks's essay, "Much Ado About Blogging."
These bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
- When a modern teenager is transported to the world of Romeo and Juliet, can she stand by and wait for the tragic end? Find out in Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors.
- In D K Marley's historical novel Blood and Ink, playwright and spy Christopher Marlowe encounters "a twist of fate, and a chance meeting with an unknown actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare," which "sends him into exile and gives rise to one of England's greatest secrets."
- Christopher Moore's uproarious parody of King Lear, Fool, was a bestseller when it hit bookstores in 2009. Now out in paperback, it's "a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters-a rousing story of plots, subplots, counterplots, betrayals, war, revenge, bared bosoms, unbridled lust . . . and a ghost (there's always a bloody ghost)."
You can see all of the What Would Shakespeare Blog entries here. I hope you'll read them and comment on your favorites. All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room