Alright, so I decided that since I am often strained for something to write about I would take on a challenge, or project, so over the next several months I will be reading the complete works of Shakespeare in chronological order.
I did a little research and will be reading the plays and poems in the order that Shakespeare wrote them. There is some debate about the exact order, but I will be going with the order I found to be the most widespread. Therefore, I will be starting with Henry VI parts 1,2, and 3. I’m going to start with Part One because I want to read the three parts in numerical order and they seem to have been written around the same time.
Each reading will begin with an Introduction to play from Shakespeare without the Boring Bits, by Peter Ackroyd and then a discussion about what I look forward to about the play. Then, I will look at the history of Shakespeare’s personal life at that time and the historical context (either the climate at the time of writing, or the historical facts presented in the history plays). After that I will read and discuss each Act individually. At the end, I will read about the play in Shakepeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom, and write a long reflection of the play. Finally, I will discuss how the play may be adapted into my program idea, and the unique themes and challenges the play presents.
If inspiration strikes, I may blog about other things in between these blogs, but this project will give me steady stream of content 🙂