Erotic Punning

puzzledpeace:

My sister v. autocorrect.

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northcentralpositronics:

thedreadvampy:

blue-author:

anne-ching:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

buzzlightweights:

if my professor skates over the fact that Sonnet 20 is literally Shakespeare saying “yo I’m super gay” I’m gonna be pissed

yeah I’m angry about bi erasure too. 

As a straight woman I feel the same way about erasure of GLBT people. Not intending to be offensive or anything so apologies if this is offensive but how do we know that Shakespeare’s sonnets in general, or even all of them are autobiographical? AFAIK that sonnet was dedicated to a man, but the feelings in the text may not be Shakespeare the poet’s but those of a persona, which doesn’t disprove or prove that he wasn’t or was gay. But then again, people in general don’t know all that much about Shakespeare’s personal feelings so anything people say is guesswork

It’s really cool and clever how you invented a straight woman persona for this post. So art.

ah yes shakespeare

notorious heterosexual

never ever ever wrote passionate love poetry from a male perspective about multiple men

never ever ever been linked to several male nobles

additionally

ah yes shakespeare

notorious homosexual

definitely never ever ever wrote love poetry to one particular woman over the course of decades my word no

c’mon Shakespeare was a) bi as fuck and b) a total ladies-and-men’s man.

C’mon son, like ten of the sonnets boil down to “I can’t marry you, but you’re hot and she’s hot so marry her and have beautiful babies”

was scrolling through notes & found this. I appreciate every single person who is with me on that “you will pry bi Shakespeare from my cold dead hands” level. 

twizzleaway:

This is actually a thing and its going to be performed September 2015 and filmed

WE DID IT KIDS.

shakesankle:

Hey scarily-savvy-people on my dash, do any of you happen to have some info on how succession and transfer of governmental power worked in Britain ca. 8th century BC? I reread King Lear last week and while I’m still not overly excited about it as a whole, I did kinda hook onto the legal issue of how he transferred his kingship (or rather the right to govern) and its aftermath, particularly given the reservation he made about the 100 knights (in I.i.). The legal effect of that reservation is what I’m primarily interested in. But I’m looking at it through the lens of German administrative law and don’t have a clue about the actual historical context, so, uhm, anyone?

blysse-and-blunder

princehal9000:

winstons-and-enochs:

the guardian imagines what historical figures might look like today. my personal favourite is shakespeare, reincarnated as a shoreditch hipster.

but can you imagine how’d he’d sound a loft party? 
"I’m going to subvert the whole, like, narrative ideal by telling you upfront that these two, like, teenagers are going to fall in love and die, and then do it. So there’s no more hiding in the words. Stark, yeah? And then, I think I’ll hide a sonnet in their big scene together, right? It’ll be subversive, because only, you know, people who are up on sonnets will get it…..what? No, she’s thirteen—a little edgy but that’s art, man. Art.”

princehal9000:

winstons-and-enochs:

the guardian imagines what historical figures might look like today. my personal favourite is shakespeare, reincarnated as a shoreditch hipster.

but can you imagine how’d he’d sound a loft party? 

"I’m going to subvert the whole, like, narrative ideal by telling you upfront that these two, like, teenagers are going to fall in love and die, and then do it. So there’s no more hiding in the words. Stark, yeah? And then, I think I’ll hide a sonnet in their big scene together, right? It’ll be subversive, because only, you know, people who are up on sonnets will get it…..what? No, she’s thirteen—a little edgy but that’s art, man. Art.”

hey, rebecca, correct me if I'm wrong, but you like shakespeare, right? do you happen to have any bootlegs of recent-ish (ideally post-2000) performances of ... well, anything? even romeo and juliet would be great. I'm not really sure how popular shakespeare is amongst theatre fans, especially because they seem to focus on musicals a lot here on tumblr? I've just never actually *seen* his plays, so I'm curious. any help in the right direction would be lovely!
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motherfuckingshakespeare:

pilferingapples:

ethelreds:

you’re in luck!  you don’t even need bootlegs thanks to the lovely company at shakespeare’s globe.  their shows are all staged in more or less the early modern style, but it just adds to the fantastic aesthetic.  if it’s post-2000 stage productions you’re after, i highly recommend them all.  

if you use torrents, then here are links to the following productions of shakespeare’s plays at the globe (there might be more dvds available but these were all i could find):  

all’s well that ends well (comedy) 
as you like it (comedy) 
love’s labours lost (comedy)
much ado about nothing (comedy) 
merry wives of windsor (comedy) 
twelfth night (comedy) 
taming of the shrew (comedy) 

othello (tragedy) 
romeo and juliet (tragedy) 

henry viii (history) 
henry iv part one (history)
henry iv part two (history) 
henry v (history)

and this is a production of doctor faustus put on by the globe.  it’s marlowe, not shakespeare, but a fantastic play and if you enjoy these productions then you’ll love it just as much.   

these are misc stage productions put on by other companies: 

julius caesar (history) (royal shakespeare company)
the tempest (tragedy) (stratford theatre) 
macbeth (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
hamlet (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company) 
coriolanus (tragedy) (national theatre live) 
much ado about nothing (comedy) (wyndham’s theatre) 

speaking of hamlet, some lovely person put together this compilation post a while ago, so there are various productions of hamlet there.  

and the duchess of malfi is webster, not shakespeare, but it’s such a fantastic play and he’s another early modern writer.  so again, recommended.  this production was done at the greenwich theatre. 

and i feel like im forgetting some really obvious recent productions, but here’s the collection i devised off the top of my head.   as far as movie versions go, if you are interested in those as well, there have been some great productions in the last few years.  the hollow crown series (bbc) covered one of the history quartets (richard ii, henry iv part one, henry iv part two, henry v) and i greatly enjoyed all four films (richard ii was my personal fave though).  there was also a romeo and juliet movie recently, though they edited a lot of shakespeare’s text so if you’re here for that then i wouldn’t recommend it.  in 2011 there was a film version of much ado about nothing which was particularly popular (a joss whedon production with many familiar faces). 

there are, of course, countless classics as well.  if you’re interested, some of my personal favourite shakespeare movies are richard iii (laurence olivier), much ado about nothing (kenneth branagh), henry v (kenneth branagh), titus (a julie taymor production starring anthony hopkins as titus andronicus - a SUPERB adaptation, unforgettable), romeo and juliet (1968, directed by zeffirelli), hamlet (kenneth branagh - not necessarily a fan of EVERYTHING in this version, but GOD it is a FEAST for the eyes, and when the casting is right it is sooooo right.  def worth checking out).  

and GOD im sure there are many, many, many more BUT I’VE GONE FOR WAY TOO LONG SO THERE.  GO FORTH.   if you don’t use torrents, then i recommend a quick google on how to do so. if you can’t, then sorry!  but at least you know these copies exist and can look for them elsewhere.  and maybe someone else searching for shows can use these.

:)  

Boosting for others!:)

OH WAIT is this the thing the person from earlier was talking about? If so here you go, I stumbled across it *flexes*

I love it when people go through my whole blog because I catch things like this and actually tag them in a useful way

sweetoctopodes:

Every time someone quotes the “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them line,” I’m just like…

No…

No, that’s a dick joke.

It’s a dick joke.

How you could deal with out of context quotes:

  1. prop your cross-gartered leg on the nearest elevated surface captain morgan style
  2. leer
  3. say ‘twas well writ’
  4. waggle eyebrows
  5. wait for the ensuing confusion

or you could just have a rousing round of a shakespeare drinking game or ignore it like most people. 

anne-ching:

motherfuckingshakespeare:

buzzlightweights:

if my professor skates over the fact that Sonnet 20 is literally Shakespeare saying “yo I’m super gay” I’m gonna be pissed

yeah I’m angry about bi erasure too. 

As a straight woman I feel the same way about erasure of GLBT people. Not intending to be offensive or anything so apologies if this is offensive but how do we know that Shakespeare’s sonnets in general are autobiographical? AFAIK that sonnet was dedicated to a man, but the feelings in the text may not be Shakespeare the poet’s but those of a persona, which doesn’t disprove or prove that he wasn’t or was gay. But then again, people in general don’t know all that much about Shakespeare’s personal feelings so anything people say is guesswork

Why would Shakespeare have invented a gay poetry writing persona when m/m activity was literally punishable by death?

I’m gonna go off on some wild guesswork here, but it’s almost like we know he was married to a woman and they had three children, but he addressed 126 stunningly lovely sonnets to men. It’s almost like we know the rest of his poems were addressed to a lady. It’s almost like Shakespeare’s works lend themselves to queer readings because he was queer and enjoyed playing with and subverting traditional notions of gender/ courtly love/ poetry. This is pretty radical, but maybe writers write about things because they want to express their lived experiences and desires. 

In conclusion, LOVE THAT BISEXUAL. 

buzzlightweights:

if my professor skates over the fact that Sonnet 20 is literally Shakespeare saying “yo I’m super gay” I’m gonna be pissed

yeah I’m angry about bi erasure too. 

i have an essay on macbeth due and i missed everything, do you think you could give me three reasons for why macbeth was responsible for his own downfall?

Well you’re free to read the summary/ look in my macbeth tag/ the resources/ the how to posts. but basically I’d say 

  1. trying to make the prophesy happen
  2. stabbing people to make the prophesy happen
  3. continuing to stab people
  4. going off his head and thinking he’s immortal because prophesy
  5. repeat step 3 

someone needed to have a little real talk with mackers like,”stop trying to make prophesy happen, it’s not going to happen.” Idk, if I were you I’d want to talk about kingship and power and corruption, maybe throw in a little fatal flaw action up in there. examine junctures where he made decisions about stabbing people that led him to his eventual downfall

motherfuckingshakespeare:

Anaconda x A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 4 Scene 1

#i HATE THIS
sorry?

motherfuckingshakespeare:

Anaconda x A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 4 Scene 1

sorry?

the-tiniest-umbrella:

my favorite thing about shakespeare is that you can’t be all pretentious and discriminatory towards people who “haven’t read the book” because they’re PLAYS and you’re meant to WATCH THEM so if you only ever read the text you’d lose a lot of the meaning and only watching the movie is a perfectly acceptable idea

I love this point and watching plays is the bomb.com but I’d append this post to say that watching a play is seeing a valid interpretation of the text that expands out to have its own meaning and resonance with the audience. I don’t think you lose meaning so much as you gain different dimension. 

Watch the movie version or even go see a production if you have the chance, it’ll be great (or you’ll be bored for a couple of hours, whichever)! If you see it and you dig it, then I super encourage you to get into the text because then you can imagine your own production & what you would do differently/the same as the one you watched. 

so tldr on the watching vs reading debate I’m on team 

icryyoumercy:

runecestershire:

shakesankle:

ongoing project: revive the antony and cleopatra fandom and make its main characters charmian and enobarbus.

Oh! Oh! add to this that the main character of the Henry IVs is Hal’s romantic conquests (that is, Poins, the main character is the fact that Hal snogs Poins).

#the main character of Henry V is Fluellen (nimblermortal)
Yes! Fluellen is the best! *squishes him*
Does that mean we can add you to our fandom count? (There was a post going around a while ago about the size of Fluellen’s fandom, and while we might have surpassed ‘five people and a shoelace’, there still don’t seem to be too many of us…)
Also, as far as I understood the play (at an ungodly hour of the night), any main characters would have to include Mardian, because the guy who played him has a perfectly wonderful singing voice.


Congrats to the fluellen fandom for reaching six people and a shoelace! Here is your honorary leek. 
Seriously tho hollowcrownfans any fluellen peeps?

icryyoumercy:

runecestershire:

shakesankle:

ongoing project: revive the antony and cleopatra fandom and make its main characters charmian and enobarbus.

Oh! Oh! add to this that the main character of the Henry IVs is Hal’s romantic conquests (that is, Poins, the main character is the fact that Hal snogs Poins).

 (nimblermortal)

Yes! Fluellen is the best! *squishes him*

Does that mean we can add you to our fandom count? (There was a post going around a while ago about the size of Fluellen’s fandom, and while we might have surpassed ‘five people and a shoelace’, there still don’t seem to be too many of us…)

Also, as far as I understood the play (at an ungodly hour of the night), any main characters would have to include Mardian, because the guy who played him has a perfectly wonderful singing voice.

Congrats to the fluellen fandom for reaching six people and a shoelace! Here is your honorary leek. Seriously tho hollowcrownfans any fluellen peeps?
motherfuckingshakespeare:

Much Ado about Nothing - Act IV Scene I 

WHYYYY

motherfuckingshakespeare:

Much Ado about Nothing - Act IV Scene I 

WHYYYY