Bardfilm has discovered a list of Shakespeare’s resolutions for the New Year (with additions and expansions by Shakespeare Geek himself). Enjoy this rare find!
Shakespeare’s New Year’s Resolutions
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- Stop casting Jack Lemmon, Bill Murray, and other comic characters in serious roles.
- More bears and bear-baiting references. Maybe actually have someone pursued by a bear?
- Lose ten pounds. Then earn it back again with a land transaction in Stratford, lol.
- Resolve Ophelia question—did she take her own life? Was she or was she not responsible for her own actions? Thought I'd made that clear, but audience reaction poor.
- Look for opportunities for sequels. Audience seems to love those. Maybe Richard III, Part II or Henry IV, Part II (Part II)?
- More sonnets to Anne; fewer sonnets (none?—Nah, let’s not go that far) to You Know Who.
- No more drinking parties with Ben and the boys. Might catch a fever and die one of these days if I don’t knock that out.
- Donate that second best bed to charity so Anne will stop nagging me to get rid of it.
- Consider starting New Year earlier—January 1?—will help scholars avoid confusion in future.
- Stop letting the Earl of Oxford try to take credit for work that is clearly not his own.