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My head's too full with ideas. [Sep. 17th, 2008|02:40 am]
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The thought (re)struck me during Hamlet that you don't really hear iambic pentameter unless you're listening for it, which would at least indicate to me that Shakespeare did this mostly to keep himself amused.

It makes me wonder if the play could be rewritten into haiku form.

I realise this is not a new idea, not even for myself, but it's still an intriguing one. Given that I feel I could rewrite the script to much terser language that would kill the artistry of the original play (see example below), this would also be a fun bastardisation of it.

My lord, I have remembrances of yours,
That I have longed long to re-deliver;
I pray you, now receive them.

No, not I;
I never gave you aught.

My honour'd lord, you know right well you did;
And, with them, words of so sweet breath composed
As made the things more rich: their perfume lost,
Take these again; for to the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
There, my lord.

This can translate to:
Ophelia: Here's your stuff back.
Hamlet: Whu'?
Ophelia: Yeah you gave me stuff, but you're being a right tool so I don't want them any more. Here.

I really wish I'd had this sort of fascination with the play when I was studying it for the Leaving Cert. The sad thing is, I'm never going to be teaching kids English in a secondary school, so I'll never have a chance to try and get them excited about the play. At any rate, it's highly unlikely that I'd be able to infect them with my love of it... I know I was already a fan of the work, but was more amused by the obstreperous and moody Hamlet playing word games about where Polonius was than anything else.

[User Picture]From: ferrousoxide
2008-09-17 04:06 am (UTC)
Haha! I should so make my Shakespeare students do something like this as an exercise. ;)

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[User Picture]From: ferrousoxide
2008-09-17 04:07 am (UTC)
The first word of Beowulf is "Hwaet!" Which roughly translates to "I'm about to say something important." I routinely translate it as "Listen up, bitches!"
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[User Picture]From: lilacfaeryboy
2008-09-17 08:06 am (UTC)
I like the translation :)
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-09-17 03:06 pm (UTC)
Y'know, it'd be interesting to put the two of you in the same room. It could be fun.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-09-17 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's what they did for that production. They wanted to make sure everyone knew what was being said in the play, so they all took pieces, read it out and then translated it to their own words. I've heard of some schools that just translate it to modern day and perform it. So overall, it's not a bad plan.
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[User Picture]From: lilacfaeryboy
2008-09-17 08:06 am (UTC)
When I was doing my Leaving Cert, I summed Hamlet up as 'Will I or won't I? Will I or won't I? Ach, sure I will.'

But oh my God...did you see it? David Tennant in Hamlet? Really? Really see it? *squeals to terrifying proportions*
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-09-17 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw it. Sure it was from the Gods and to the side... but yeah, I saw it and it rocked. He looks so good in a suit (I don't mean his Dr Who costume, but a really nice dark navy suit that looks very well tailored) and his energy is infectious, and his spin on Hamlet's "antic disposition" is brilliant - it's not a mad scientist kinda crazy, it's a bug-fuck-nuts kind of crazy (that sounds like a good album title, "A bug-fuck-nuts kind of crazy" - if Amy Winehouse steals it, there will be hell to pay) and he does it tremendously well. As soon as he has his task he just is overcome by all this plotting, planning and craziness, and just wow.

So yeah, well worth it. Even the 27 hours of sleep-dep (ok, so I had about half an hour in the car somewhere before Brum but yeah otherwise, very little sleep).
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