There are people out there who will think I am an idiot for this, but I don’t like Shakespeare. I just don’t. We read a lot of his work in High School, and again in college and grad school. I know that there are theorists who think that all literature after Shakesy was derived from his work. I know that there are people that find perfection in his iambs.
It’s not that I find his work difficult. I have no problem with the language. I just get frustrated with his followers. They try and pound his work into our heads without questioning why. Why do they care? Why should we?
Shakespeare was really good at taking European folklore and turning it into nice plays. However, I refuse to believe it is the basis for all literature that followed. We all take from folklore, we all look to life. His plays are quite good, but I don’t really like plays anyway. His poetry is love poetry, and he was good with a sonnet. So were a lot of his contemporaries. And they often took on a larger range of topics. It’s not hard to write the perfect love sonnet when that’s all you really write.As for his poetry, I don’t think it is anywhere near as good as his plays. I think that it mostly gets attention because he wrote it. Personally, I’d take “there is a certain slant of light” over any of his sonnets any day. They all tend to have a self-important voice. I hate that. I actually think that Blake and Donne are much better examples of British Literature in both theme and voice.
I’ve had quite a few teachers and friends try and talk a little Shakespeare down my throat, and perhaps that is also why I am so resistant. I wonder if anyone else is saying this, too…