Sunday, February 7, 2010
Posted by Zek J. Evets at 12:01 AM
Call me old-fashioned, but I do love me some Billy S. of Avon. Among all writers writing in English, none compares to the sheer creative ecstasy that I get when rediscovering how this one man changed forever the way we speak a language that is worth more currency around the world than any other single intellectual commodity.
He goes by many names:
Willy the Shake
Billy the Bard
Old Bill Bardly
The Linguistically-strapped Will Bill of Stratford upon the Avon
In every instance he is the one and only William Shakespeare, The Bard, The Muse, The Poet, Playwright, and Writing God. The man of the Seven Basic Plots. Sonneteer extraordinaire. Our Dearly Beloved Sweet Swan of Stratford upon Avon.
And in recognition of this randomly-decided-upon-occasion, I have prepared a list of "cool Shakespeare stuff".
1) [Shakespeare is Hip Hop].
2) [Translation of Shakespeare into "gangsta"]
3) [List of words and phrases that Shakespeare created or coined]
While Homer was the Poet, Shakespeare was the Bard, and being a Bard was equivalent to badassery in Elizabethan/Jacobean England. Essentially, Bards were the pimps of their day, wooing women with the flow of their verbiage, impressing nobles and commoners alike at their truly amazing ability to capture the zeitgeist of a crowd and beat the shit out of it into something resembling... greatness.
To close this post, I leave you with a poignant picture that explains exactly why Shakespeare is awesome.