How Now, Mad Wag!

So, it took me 2 years, 9 months, and 18 days to read the complete works of William Shakespeare.

A little more than a year into my reading, my thoughts about Shakespeare started to show up on Facebook.

It was inevitable.

This was the first indication on my Facebook wall that I had Shakespeare on the brain.

"The Hokey Pokey" written in Shakespearean style

You all remember that catchy song from the musical Kiss Me, Kate, right?

Facebook post about brushing up your Shakespeare

There is no brown cow in Shakespeare, but there is a rat and a mad wag.

Facebook post quoting Shakespeare

After I finished reading the comedies, I looked ahead, and all I could see were Henrys ad infinitum. But it was all good because they were all good.

Facebook post about all the King Henrys in Shakespeare

In For the Long Haul: Part II

Read Part I (How It Began) if you desire.

How It Ended

It has taken two years, 9 months, and 18 days.

I have finished reading this book:

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

It turns out that some of the comedies aren’t that funny, the histories (all those Henrys!) are a whole lot better than I thought they’d be (shout out to King Henry the IV and King Henry the V),  Julius Caesar was just as good as I’d remembered from tenth grade, the tragedies are tragic, and Hamlet is still perplexing.

I originally figured that it would take me three years to read The Complete Works, but I picked up momentum after I made it to Julius Caesar in the spring of 2013—and it was utter serendipity that I read it in March. “Beware the ides of March,” the soothsayer said (soothsaid?).

Conquering the long goal is satisfying. I’m learning to look, think, and plan farther into the future in my goal-setting.

Thanks, Will.

And, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be: for loan oft loses both itself and friend;” is good advice.

So yes, after three years, I will return The Complete Works to my sister, from whom I borrowed it.