I read this for probably the third time this past year. I was asking myself yesterday what my favorite Shakespeare is, and it feels like an impossible question to answer. But if I ask myself which one I read the most often…
The Tempest wins!!
I’ve read it before, and I’m sure I’ll read it many times again. What with Ariel and his cloven pine, Miranda seeing man for the first time, and the wonderfully random soldiers drunkenly staggering around the stage – it’s just a gloriously fun story!
Plus, I often find it quoted (more than any other Shakespeare) in other literature, or in life itself!
You may recognize some of these:
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong
Hark! now I hear them,—Ding-dong, bell.
You taught me language, and my profit on’t / Is, I know how to curse
My library was dukedom large enough.
I’ll swear upon that bottle to be thy true
subject, or the liquor is not earthly.