Once you FEEL it, never let anyone talk you out of reading Shakespeare.

  1. Some might try to sell you on reading Shakespeare based merely on Shakespeare's fantastic reputation throughout the centuries.  However, you should not injure your soul reading arcane things which you cannot FEEL.  
  2. BUT, if you are significantly experienced in life and have lost friends, fortune, and/or fame, spend a bit of time studying what Shakespeare expresses Sonnets 29 and 30 below:  
    SONNET 29

    When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
    I all alone beweep my outcast state 
    And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
    And look upon myself and curse my fate, 
    Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, 
    Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
    Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, 
    With what I most enjoy contented least; 
    Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
    Haply I think on thee, and then my state, 
    Like to the lark at break of day arising 
    From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
    For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings 
    That then I scorn to change my state with kings.


    SONNET 30

    When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
    I summon up remembrance of things past, 
    I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, 
    And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
    Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow, 
    For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
    And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe, 
    And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight: 
    Then can I grieve at grievances foregone, 
    And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er 
    The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan, 
    Which I new pay as if not paid before. 
    But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
    All losses are restored and sorrows end.

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Comment by Vincent Wright on November 26, 2015 at 3:52pm

B.O.S.S. = Benefits Of Shakespearean Sonnets

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