Ten Things I Learned From Shakespeare

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Brown University

Brown University

5 жыл бұрын

Tuesday, 24 October 5:30pm
Ten Things I Learned From Shakespeare
Shakespeare was familiar with "wisdom traditions," which in the early modern period included the practice of collecting maxims, proverbs and wise sayings. In this lecture, Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, looks at Shakespeare's plays themselves as a kind of wisdom literature - presenting ten ideas that can be carried away from his dramatic works and applied to situations we encounter today. The lecture was co-sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library, the Department of English, and the Department of Comparative Literature.

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Ernest Mendez
Ernest Mendez Жыл бұрын
Perhaps I missed out on some things since I didn't go to college. But this was the most satisfying lecture on Shakespeare I've witnessed. And it's better than many of the essay's I've read on the subject. And it's simply because Witmore loves Shakespeare, as I do. And although I'm not as well read as I'd like to be when it comes to Shakespeare; what I find remarkable is how I've learned many of these "things" from Dostoevsky. Who of course, was a great admirer of his. And it's also interesting how Dostoevsky expanded on Shakespeare's ideas: the essence of hope; the essence of forgiveness; the great power and great deficiency of language; and a true belief in human beings, and consequently, a great belief in art. What's remarkable to me is how some the phrases Witmore uses echoes some great ideas I've come across during my curious exploration in literature; ideas that I've echoed in my own work. "Realm of fantasy" which I've only come across in Balzac, when he comments that it's perhaps higher than art. And "dreamy exclusion." An idea that encapsulates human perception. Gogol's character in Nevsky Prospekt lives in a dream and chooses to waste away because of how wonderful his imagination is. PKD obviously played around quite a bit with this idea as well. Many of Dostoevsky's characters exist in a sort of dreamy exclusion, living in their imaginations (though many of these characters live in terror, willful-silence, pathological degeneracy, bewilderment, or a senseless stupor). And it too often leads to willful domination or self-destruction or madness. I did take notes on this lecture when I was drunk, so I had more to say. But I threw them away in a weak fit of doubt.
Emma Nation
Emma Nation 7 ай бұрын
you write good
د.خالد احمد الزعيري
د.خالد احمد الزعيري Жыл бұрын
What was really wonderful beside this lecture is your comment ! Thank you both
Corie
Corie 11 ай бұрын
Can never get enough of Shakespeare! Brilliant.
Biju Mathew
Biju Mathew Жыл бұрын
Erudite and inspiring lecture
David Phillips
David Phillips 3 жыл бұрын
Michael...I want you to know you are one of at least 20 people on KZbin to comment on Shakespeare...AND you ring clearer than any of the others. Thank you.
Ahmad Hasan
Ahmad Hasan Жыл бұрын
sir, would you name some others, please?
Jeffrey Graham
Jeffrey Graham Жыл бұрын
Very revealing. I am newly resolved to make a pilgrimage to the John Carter Brown Library first chance I get... and to read and see more Shakespeare.
Synantropijny Całokształt Organoleptyczny.
Synantropijny Całokształt Organoleptyczny. 11 ай бұрын
Yep. Right behind Edmund Spenser. 😎
Michael Lear
Michael Lear Жыл бұрын
Shakespeare, the finest poet, playwright author and philosopher to ever live. All of life is to be found in Shakespeare.
yorkshireroots
yorkshireroots Жыл бұрын
Really excellent lecture
Marina Maccagni
Marina Maccagni 3 жыл бұрын
Michael witmore, awesome shakespearean lecture!
peter mladinic
peter mladinic 7 ай бұрын
What a great lecture. Such lucid ideas well supported with examples from the plays.
Gordon Pepper
Gordon Pepper 2 жыл бұрын
That was very impressive
Chaim Mendel
Chaim Mendel 5 ай бұрын
Michael Whitmore starts @ 4:50
Haruki
Haruki Жыл бұрын
If after this, you don't explore Shakespeare...I don't know..
Lasan Bangpraxay
Lasan Bangpraxay 4 жыл бұрын
A person propose a marriage in front of Shakespeare's book lol... The book must be worth a serious sum of money.
WeTalkSports
WeTalkSports 8 ай бұрын
6:30 התבונה של ספרות 9:18 אתה צריך ליצור בכדי לבצע דברים אתה צריך לעשות משהו ממה שיש לך תמיד מכל הכלים שיש לך זה ליצור ממה שיש לך בזה הרגע. 12:00 האפשרות תברח לך במידה ולא תתפוס בה 15:30 צריך לעשות משהו למרות אי ידיעת העובדות 19:10 Have in complete information and do something about it 21:00 Repution is a bubble and it's physically pooped
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
מה הקשר עם ההרצאה ?
Paul Solon
Paul Solon 3 ай бұрын
The first speaker introduces the actual speaker. He starts off his introduction w “aaah uhm, uhm uhm”
Bettina Del Sesto
Bettina Del Sesto 4 ай бұрын
Wow!
Mr Scopophiliac
Mr Scopophiliac 8 ай бұрын
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
TheWhitehiker
TheWhitehiker 2 жыл бұрын
lecture starts at c. 5.00; intro unappealing.
Muhammad HAMZA Warraich
Muhammad HAMZA Warraich 4 жыл бұрын
Hi anyone here student of English literature and language
ปติ ตันขุนทด
ปติ ตันขุนทด Жыл бұрын
Yes
g davis
g davis 3 ай бұрын
if 'e says "jazz" once more i'm shutting it off
Dorothy Willis
Dorothy Willis 4 ай бұрын
I'm afraid I left when he started to mention modern political situations. That is a very sore subject for me, and I don't want to take the chance that he is going to say something that will upset me. Sorry to be so frail, but it's the truth.
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
OK- I listened to the lecture again and didn't pick up on anything divisive- can you let me know where it kicked in?
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
I understand your reluctance but really, it was quite OK and didn't get too political although there was one smart-alecky comment by the moderator right at the end. At one point Witmore alluded to the "unequal recognition of unequal justice" but that was it. So listen again all the way through- it is brilliant !
Senrom 22
Senrom 22 3 жыл бұрын
Of course the presentation would degenerate into a Democratic campaign event, and all of the New England cognoscenti would go atwitter at each remark to signal their wisdom to each other. Shakespeare saw through these people too.
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
Dorothy, I listened to the lecture again and didn't pick up on anything political- may the Q and A. I'm listening again to that too...
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
@Dorothy Willis Port is Left and Starboard, Right. I wll listen again as I admit I had to buzz in and out a few times to feed cats!
Dorothy Willis
Dorothy Willis 3 ай бұрын
@Ari Dale As port is to the right, I'm not surprised.
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
I am a neoconservative and didn't find this presentation veering to port!
Nullifidian
Nullifidian 3 ай бұрын
That was it? _That_ was what you called a "Democratic campaign event"?! Truly, there are no snowflakes like right-wing snowflakes.
MR BOSTON
MR BOSTON 3 ай бұрын
it is not whom you know as Shakespeare was written by one Fracias Bacon.
Nullifidian
Nullifidian Ай бұрын
Then who wrote the works of Francis Bacon? Because the only way Bacon can be Shakespeare is if he _didn't_ write the works under his name. His works and Shakespeare's exist in different aesthetic universes.
Ari Dale
Ari Dale 3 ай бұрын
That's changing the subject- not the time or place to re-open an old debate.
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