As You Like It ★★★☆½

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Title: As You Like It
Series: ———-
Author: William Shakespeare
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Play, Comedy
Pages: 120
Format: Digital Edition



Orlando, youngest son of a dead lord, has been cheated by his older brother. He runs off to the Duke, out wrestles the duke’s champion and meets, and falls in love with, Rosalind. He then runs off to the forest because the Duke didn’t like his pappy. There he pines for Rosalind. He meets a young man, who is really Rosalind in diguise ands woos said young man who claims that he can cure anyone of love. Orlando is successful and Rosalind marries him, all the while she is orchestrating the marriage of 2 other couples along with her own nuptials. Orlando’s brother gives up the estates to him, the naughty duke, Rosalind’s Uncle, takes religious vows and Rosalind’s daddy becomes ruler.

Everybody is happy. The End.


My Thoughts:

I keep wanting to treat these plays like novels and you just can’t do that. The value contained in the words aren’t necessarily the actual plots. Boy and Girl fall in love, overcome Incredible Odds, Happy Ending for Everyone. That story is as old and Jacob and Rachel. Yet, seeing these plot points is good as it gives you the necessary understanding of where so much of our modern stories come from. There is truly nothing new under the sun.

You can say that again.

What I am liking is the metred cadence. This is a play. It is meant to be spoken. While I am not, at this point in time, reading these outloud, I am not discounting the idea of doing that for one of these, just to hear how it flows. I am no thespian, nor poetic enough to write in iambic pentameter, but some time this year I’m going to try to write one of my reviews like it was a Shakespeare play. I already know that will take some serious work. The whole mindset has to be different than the prose I am used to and think in.

Honestly, I can’t even tell you exactly what iambic pentameter IS or how to do it. I know roughly it is so many this and thats over so many lines, blah, blah, blah. Not sure if rhyming is necessary or not. See, I have a lot to learn before I even attempt a review like that. And Shakespeare wrote a whole raft full of the bloody things.






38 thoughts on “As You Like It ★★★☆½

  1. YouKneeK says:

    I was just randomly wondering this morning when you would be cycling to the next Shakespeare play and then presto, I got notified of this review. 🙂 I’m skipping over the synopsis parts of your reviews since I’d like to read most of these someday myself, but I enjoyed reading your thoughts and I look forward to the future Shakespeare-style review!

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  2. OlaG says:

    Will you be one of the characters in your Shakespeare review? “Bookstooge: Now that play I couldn’t stand!
    Chorus: Why, dear Bookstooge, oh why??”

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  3. savageddt says:

    Was just going to ask what that word even meant when I first read it, only to read you didnt know what it means, good save. Good luck with your preparations.

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  4. Writing in iambic pentameter? Ugh. Check to see if someone has written a conversion program first.

    Now, if you want to lead into each of your reviews with a haiku, I could go for that.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      That is a fantastic idea. why do the work myself when our AI overlords might have already done it?

      I did haiku’s in college, in my super sappy, melancholic, sit in the rain because nobody understands me days 🙂
      But, that is a good idea to break up my reviewing routine. I definitely need that every once in a while…

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  5. Joelendil says:

    Iambic pentameter isn’t too hard of a meter to write in compared to some of the others (though I can’t image maintaining it for pages and pages like Shakespeare does). It’s basically an unstressed-stressed pattern that repeats five times per line and doesn’t have to rhyme as long as you are doing blank verse.

    And SO it COMES out SOUNDing LIKE these LINES
    At LEAST that’s HOW my UNderSTANDing LIES

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    • Bookstooge says:

      See, I have NO idea why the parts you bolded are stressed. What makes them get to be stressed?
      This is a perfect example of why I hated anything to do with poetry in school. The rules were “because” as far as I could always tell and never consistent. Grammar was bad enough, but poetry, man, it totally defeated me!

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      • Joelendil says:

        Lol, poetry isn’t for everyone…the stress is just the subtle natural cadence of speaking. I think that iambic is hard for some people to pick out because it’s a pretty natural rhythm (like a heartbeat). Trochaic (stressed-unstressed – like in Poe’s “The Raven”) sounds a bit bouncier and can be easier to pick out (but harder to write).

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  6. Gosh I’d love to see you do a review like a Shakespeare play- cool idea! (iambic pentameter is basically 10 syllables with stress on the second syllable, ie di dum di dum di dum di dum di dum. Rhyming’s not necessary).

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  7. If you ever decide to try declaiming the Bard’s immortal words aloud, we would like to actually *hear*you do that: a fellow book lover who reads from a masterpiece is an experience not to be missed. And I’m deadly serious!

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  8. I have studied all of the Shakespeare plays, worked on productions of them, and have seen many shows by others. As you like it was at the bottom of the list of plays that I loved. Then I saw an amazing all-female production and it has moved up to the top. Was I guess I am saying is that seeing them is always better than just reading them. And as a side note iambic pentameter has always confused me. I just know when it sounds right and when it doesn’t when spoken. I do not get it on the page most of the time. Fun post matey. And fun commentary!
    x The Captain

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Hey Cap’n! I suspect the biggest thing I will get from this Complete Shakespeare read is that they truly need to be viewed as plays. Reading them is second best, as much as it pains me to say that 🙂

      And thankyou for commiserating with my confusion about iambic pentameter.

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      • Have ye ever seen a Shakespeare play performed? And if, not are ye going to?
        x The Captain

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Not live. I’ve seen several movie versions, Kenneth B’s “Henry V” being the one I remember most.

          As for going to a theatre and watching one. That has very little likelihood of ever happening. I’d have to travel well over an hour to even get somewhere that has a theatre and the thought of that combined with a crowd of people is a bit overwhelming.


  9. A whole review in that structure would be an insanely cool challenge. No clue how I’d even manage it myself, but I’m sure you’ll somehow make it pretty entertaining. 😀 Looking forward to that day!

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