Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

Today is William Shakespeare's birthday! And death day! Party at my house -- we'll hold a feast in great solemnity.

I sort of love Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence. It makes me feel better about reading and critiquing poetry, mostly because it gives me a reason for being snarky and calling things "derivative." I especially like calling everything derivative of early modern poetry, which is the best poetry ever. In all honesty, Shakespeare the poet is the specter that haunted everybody's work (especially Keats') for the next 200 years, and he's still causing poets plenty of anxiety today. Bloom initially said that influence was not an issue for Shakespeare, but later he admitted that Shakespeare was working through his own anxieties caused by the success of Christopher Marlowe.

In other news, did you know that Shakespeare is SUPER SEXY AND HOT now? Well, he is. Happy 445th birthday!


Doug said...

Easily one of your top 5 uses of lolspeak EVAR.

I was recently shamed when my Evidence professor referenced "The Life and Death of King John" and it took me a cursory Google search to learn that it is a thing that exists. Who knew? (A lot of people who are not me knew).

Sarah Redmond said...

Why do all your professors make literary references? But "King John" is one of the "lesser plays" that nobody reads or performs, so don't feel too bad.

By the way, I almost made a picture of Shakespeare with a birthday cake. I was going to make him say, "Out, out brief candle!" but I bet somebody's already done that before. It's sort of obvious.

Ole said...

I wonder how the "Marlowe was never murdered, but lived a long and productive life in secret, writing Shakespeare's plays (and poems)"-school of thought responded to Bloom's thoughts about Shakespeare's anxieties...