In the Netherlands you don’t get too much Shakespeare. To be fair, I had one little piece of Shakespeare in my education up to the age of 18. It was Hamlet and I found it boring. Like proper boring, but now I realise that was my teacher’s fault. He was just a very boring tosser.
So like most of my generation, Shakespeare didn’t appeal to me at the age of 16. So how did this change Marc? I went to study ‘Teaching History’ and in one of the globalisation coursed there was a mention of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth and that really made me curious. At this point I thought (and still do) that everything that has to do with history is interesting. Yup, everything is interesting to me.
I read the historical play called King Henry the Fifth and I devoured this play to be honest. It was so interesting to read and not only the historical story, but also the different nationalities: Welsh, Scottish, Irish. I really loved it, but I think I liked the play more than Shakespeare. I didn’t know anything about Shakespeare or his style, because I only read one play.
Since then I read Shakespeare quite easily and I can see the beauty in it. I could easily fill my days with saying quotes from Shakespeare that do inspire me and make me inspire others. It can really take me away or pull me back into reality. It can make a difference and quite proud of it. I’m so happy I’m able to read and understand Shakespeare and I would like to end on of my favourite quotes:
“The earth has music for those who listen.”
If you have trouble reading Shakespeare, watching films can do the trick. The BBC series the Hollow Crown is really good in my opinion to have a decent introduction to Shakespeare’s world.