Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Let's Discuss... Other Reading Material!

Okay, so I was thinking. You don't just read books. (WOO, well done, Rachel, glad you finally figured that out!) There are many other things we read. Sheet music, poems, plays, essays, reports... Loads of different things.

It got me thinking.

Apart from books, what else do you enjoy reading?

For me, it's probably plays. Poetry from time to time too. But there's just something about plays that I love. Or, more accurately, something about Shakespeare's plays that I love. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed other plays by other playwrights, but there's just something about Shakespeare's plays that I adore. They're all so dramatic and tragic and there's always a vast array of characters you come to love or hate (or simply, at the very least, form a concrete, strong opinion on). I love debating about storylines and characters and all the different literary devices used in literature and Shakespeare's plays provide you with a lot to go on! I love feeling as passionate as I do about them!

Up to now, I've only ever read plays for school, but I really want to start reading them for my own leisure at home. Right now (in Advanced Higher English) we're reading Antony and Cleopatra (by Shakespeare, of course) and I'm adoring it - I'm beyond passionate about it and have very strong, passionate opinions on the main characters! We're almost finished and I can't wait to move on to Othello later in the year. I've also read Hamlet, which I loved a whole lot as well. There's just something about these plays, the way Shakespeare's written them, that really resonates with me.

I do also enjoy the odd poem. But I'm very picky when it comes to poetry and very hard to please. I don't really connect with a lot of poems so the ones I do connect with I love a whole lot. I can fall in love with individual rhyming couplets though. For instance, in Robert Frost's, Fire and Ice, I love the start of it because of the rhyming couplet:

"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those that favour fire..."

There's just something there that strikes a nerve in me. I don't know why!

Just because this post has been quite text heavy, here's a video relating to Antony and Cleopatra my English teacher is obsessed with. Enjoy!


So, apart from books, what else do you enjoy reading? Do you read plays or poetry? Any favourites/recommendations?

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

8 comments:

  1. NO NOT THE CLEOPATRA SONG. NO
    I'm actually starting to really like plays too which I didn't think would ever happen... Ant & Cleo is well good. I'd recommend Educating Rita by Willy Russell - it's my favourite play. ♥

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    1. COME ON, YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT! Oooh, I shall check that one out! ;p

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  2. I used to thoroughly enjoy reading poetry but at some time stopped reading it. I mostly only read novels now. I'm probably missing out...

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    1. Oooh, did you have a particular favourite poem? :)

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  3. I used to read a lot of poetry when I was younger, and magazines (do they count??). These days it's probably news stories/sites, blogs and business-related stuff. How adult and sad do I sound? Lol I still study part-time and like to read non-fiction from time-to-time on things like business development, personal development and psychology... Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is fab! Oh and I read the odd autobiography too.

    R x

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    1. Oops, forgot about magazines! Of course they count! I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction but if a subject piques my interest then I'm willing to check it out. :D

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