St Benedict's Street
The focus will be mainly on the Bard of Avon's sonnets, and will explore in-depth one of these lesser-known masterly creations. In particular, looking at the linkage between structure and content; the imagery and intensity; the romantic mystery etc. - that he managed to convey, all contained in very formalised 14 line poems. His poetic visions continue to edify and inspire many others in the 400 years since his death on 23rd April. There should be time for discussion of Shakespeare's love of nature, history, and the relevance of his egocentric Englishness to his own world, and to ours.
Bring one of the following:
Help with planning a group visit to Stratford in July for the opening of the Shakespeare's New Place
Computer skills enhancement, in shifting to a Mac and other Apple products
Help with publicising a course to aid development of 'emotional intelligence'
About the teacher, Jack Sklar
A retired but not retiring enthusiast. I am NOT an academic Shakespeare scholar. Nonetheless, I'm fascinated by the controversies over his identity, ( how did a provincial grammar school attendee accomplish the story-telling artistry etc to become our greatest author?). As a sometime amateur actor, I find it intriguing to look at the ways that different directors re-imagine his plays, and how some of them have been transformed into musicals like West Side Story; Journey to a Forbidden Planet; Kiss Me, Kate - to name but three.Join