My blogs include a Bard Rating (see explanation below); a few words that capture the message I got from the play; quotes I like. I don’t attempt serious analysis, but my blogs did get much more detailed–with information that helped me appreciate the plays more–as I went.
The Bard Ratings: The system is based on how much I personally enjoyed the play compared to other Shakespeare plays: one to five Bards, five being the most enjoyable for me. I gave 11 plays five Bards, six plays four Bards, six plays three Bards, three plays two Bards, and 11 plays one Bard. One important note here, two plays are fabulous plays (The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew), but I was extremely uncomfortable with their treatment respectively of Jews and women and rated them poorly.
(Credit for the rating idea goes to the Washington Post and their Pinocchio rating system for political honesty.) Here were my superficial thoughts at half-way point: Thoughts after one year reading the Bard.
As part of the effort, I also read his poems–Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, Sonnets, A Lover’s Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim, Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music, and The Phoenix and the Turtle. I will not blog or comment on the poems, but I have included favorite quotes from each of them on their links above. I was actually pleasantly surprised by Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, but found little to appreciate in his sonnets.
Blogs on the Completed Plays and Ratings:
Comedies and Romances