I browsed through a bunch of Shakespeare for something to post, but nothing was really striking my fancy (hubris!). Instead of a sonnet or a passage from a play, I thought I’d share this TED talk, which is one of my favorite things anyone has ever said about Shakespeare. Akala of the HipHop Shakespeare company, talking about the connection between hip hop and Shakespeare.
Farewell! thou are too dear for my possessing,
And like enough thou know’st thy estimate:
The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting?
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thyself thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gav’st it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgment making.
Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter –
In sleep, a king; but waking, no such matter.
– Shakespeare. Obviously.