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The Genius of Shakespeare

Posted 04-05-2017 at 12:46 PM by TomIAm
Updated 04-07-2017 at 09:31 PM by TomIAm
I am a moderator. Hath
not a moderator eyes? hath not a moderator hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a regular poster is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a moderator wrong a poster,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a poster
wrong a moderator, what should his sufferance be by
regular poster example? Why, revenge. The villany you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.
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SunnyD's Avatar
Are you having one of "those" days ?
Posted 04-05-2017 at 12:48 PM by SunnyD SunnyD is offline
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Not at all. I'm trying to shine a spotlight on a VERY serious issue here that nobody should be making light of. Internet feelings have been hurt. Can't we all just get along?
Posted 04-05-2017 at 01:01 PM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
SophieC's Avatar
You're also a douchebag but you didn't work that into the poem.

Posted 04-05-2017 at 01:58 PM by SophieC SophieC is offline
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That's very Shakespearean! I am sorry for the pain you suffereth!
Posted 04-05-2017 at 01:58 PM by gdgrl gdgrl is offline
bryan3636's Avatar
methinks thou moderator dost protest too much

(but nice creativity in referencing the bard's Shylock)
Posted 04-05-2017 at 02:34 PM by bryan3636 bryan3636 is offline
SunnyD's Avatar
You, You, You... its always all about you I gave you a very sweet internet to make it all better and still I'm somehow not feeling your pain .

Can you use your mod powers to get us new smilies like "duct tape" or "band-aids"?
Posted 04-05-2017 at 02:37 PM by SunnyD SunnyD is offline
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The scary thing is, I haven't even begun to harness my full moderator powers...I'm like "whiny pre-Yoda Luke Skywalker" here...once I get some force training, I will be laying bitches to waste with ultra super mod power.
Posted 04-05-2017 at 03:09 PM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
hijiller's Avatar
Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
My tongue-tied patience with too much disdain;
Lest sorrow lend me words, and words express
The manner of my pity-wanting pain.
If I might teach thee wit, better it were,
Though not to love, yet, love to tell me so;
As testy sick men, when their deaths be near,
No news but health from their physicians know;
For, if I should despair, I should grow mad,
And in my madness might speak ill of thee;
Now this ill-wresting world is grown so bad,
Mad slanderers by mad ears believed be.
That I may not be so, nor thou belied,
Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go wide.
Posted 04-05-2017 at 07:16 PM by hijiller hijiller is offline
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Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.

Men were deceivers ever,

One foot in sea, and one on shore,

To one thing constant never.

Then sigh not so, but let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny,

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no more

Of dumps so dull and heavy.

The fraud of men was ever so

Since summer first was leafy.

Then sigh not so, but let them go,

And be you blithe and bonny,

Converting all your sounds of woe

Into hey, nonny, nonny.
Posted 04-05-2017 at 10:25 PM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
SophieC's Avatar
That's from one of my favourites Tom. Now I'm going to picture a contrary gentleman in a plaid shirt reciting it.
Posted 04-06-2017 at 12:00 AM by SophieC SophieC is offline
dixiechik's Avatar
Stop running people of this site, behave, act like a moderator, stop insulting,
You need your ass spanked let people express their opinions just like you express yours.
Posted 04-06-2017 at 08:07 PM by dixiechik dixiechik is offline
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Feel better?
Posted 04-06-2017 at 08:48 PM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
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Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all,
Wherein I should your great deserts repay,
Forgot upon your dearest love to call,
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day;
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,
And given to time your own dear-purchased right;
That I have hoisted sail to all the winds
Which should transport me farthest from your sight.
Book both my wilfulness and errors down,
And on just proof surmise accumulate;
Bring me within the level of your frown,
But shoot not at me in your wakened hate;
Since my appeal says I did strive to prove
The constancy and virtue of your love.
Posted 04-06-2017 at 08:58 PM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
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This one's a good one...Sonnet 33

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendor on my brow;
But out! alack! he was but one hour mine,
The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now.
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.
Posted 04-07-2017 at 11:23 AM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
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well I feel ...ummm less strange somehow

I did like the part about execute....didn't get it but liked it.
Posted 04-07-2017 at 02:31 PM by .Cotties .Cotties is offline
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Sonnet 110...I relate

Alas! 'tis true I have gone here and there
And made myself a motley to the view,
Gor'd mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear,
Made old offences of affections new.
Most true it is that I have look'd on truth
Askance and strangely: but, by all above,
These blenches gave my heart another youth,
And worse essays prov'd thee my best of love.
Now all is done; have what shall have no end:
Mine appetite I never more will grind
On newer proof, to try an older friend,
A god in love, to whom I am confin'd.
Then give me welcome, next my heaven the best,
Even to thy pure and most most loving breast.
Posted 04-08-2017 at 08:02 PM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
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One of the best blogs ever..reading the Bard and seeing how he wrote a sonnet for every struggle that love imposes. Thanks for reminding me.
I took an online course with a talented Shakespearean expert from Europe. We analyzed about 50 of the poems in detail. It was heavenly. My favorite begins..

When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes.

And wouldn't you know, Louis CK quoted part of it on SNL last night. Proving the last line true.

Oop he quoted another one of my favs.

It was this one #18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Posted 04-09-2017 at 09:23 AM by hijiller hijiller is offline
Updated 04-09-2017 at 12:48 PM by hijiller
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I will say - this started out as a bit of a joke, but it got me re-reading his work and I'm genuinely moved by virtually all of it.
Posted 04-09-2017 at 09:28 AM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
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They seem so complicated, but with adult hood, and an eye for his clever punctuation, he is so accessible..and has such sharp insight into the universal struggles of relationships.

500 years later?
Posted 04-09-2017 at 09:51 AM by hijiller hijiller is offline
TomIAm's Avatar's a great brain exercise to parse out the meaning. Not only is he still relevant 500 years later, he's still being ripped off. He needs a better agent.
Posted 04-09-2017 at 10:12 AM by TomIAm TomIAm is online now
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