And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Once I finished creating the front page, these lines were the first piece of advice WordPress gave to me in their introduction. A fitting start for the blog I believe – and a sign of great things to come!
So yes this is Bard to the Bone: my own little corner of the internet where I can write about Shakespeare’s works and develop some personal musings while having fun! I’ll be writing various articles at my own pace, but if fellow bard boffs enjoy what I blog about, then that’s icing on the cake. I’ll do reviews, articles, mini-essays, comments, lit-crit on texts, countdowns, news and other features here and there – anything that inspires me or I think is food for thought. I’m hoping to keep this casual too, so I’ll be mostly informal.
I also wanted to dedicate this blog to more than just Shakespeare; he may be one of the greatest writers of all time, but there’s a lot of under appreciated playwrights in the Elizabethan/Jacobean period that don’t get nearly as much love. You’ve got your Marlowe’s, your Johnson’s, your Middleton’s and many more who have plays just as worthy as the Bard’s to discuss and enjoy.
So, to finish this post I thought I’d reiterate that as Shakespeare did with his characters, I too wish to give my ideas a ‘habitation and name’, and I hope you feel at home yourself!