Hamlet, Line By Line
This is a look at Hamlet. One line at a time. One day at a time.
I started this writing project partly as a way to deepen my writing practice and partly as a way to prepare for (one-day, sometime, somehow) playing Hamlet. These are my daily encounters with the text.
While I started writing these a while ago, it’s taking me a while to type them in and even more time to upload them here, so there’s about an 18 month lag time on the writing and the technology.
I’ve noticed that most people end up here via searches on a single line. If you’re here looking for the exact meaning of a line, I may or may not be of help to you. Sometimes I do end up doing a sort of super close analysis of the line but sometimes I get a little cheeky and willfully explore it as its meaning’s opposite. Sometimes my response to the line has nothing to do with its meaning. Don’t trust me.
If you’re at all inspired, please write your own response to the line in question in the comments.
(Note for text geeks: I started out using the New Penguin edition from 1996 but in the last couple of acts have found myself more often using Genius to grab my next line. There may be discrepancies between acts. There may also be some variation from the text I’ve pulled for the acts and the lines themselves. I try to catch those – but don’t always. Just – heads up on text variations!)
At the moment, I’m working on a different Shakespeare play (theatrically, I mean.) If you’d like to learn more about it, go here: As We Like It
And I blog, like, more bloggy stuff, here: http://artiststruggle.wordpress.com/