"To blog or not to blog: that is the question." –Not Hamlet, Act III, scene 1
It's time to haul out your iambic pentameter, your "alarums" and "forsooths," and blog this week in the style of the Bard of Avon. Or, write in your own voice but as if you were living in Shakespeare's time or tell us why he wouldn't blog. Whichever ever you choose, please tag your post What Would Shakespeare Blog.
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.
Several 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)."
So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week
"What Would Shakespeare Blog?"
For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PDT (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term What Would Shakespeare Blog (without the question mark) in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out last week's blog-topic-of-the-week entries on World War II.
From a memory that deftly blends a teenager's innocence with harsh racism and classism to several moving stories of fathers suffering from post-traumatic stress, Red Roomers showed why a war that ended more than sixty-five years ago is still relevant.
All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room