Don’t Forget the Bard in Your New Year’s Resolutions
Happy New Year
Now that 2014 is upon us I’m sure everybody is busy plannin their New Year’s resolutions. But have you thought about reading Shakepeare’s complete works in your res0lutions? Matthew Franck, the Director of the Witherspoon Institute’s William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution thinks its a good idea. In fact, he created an entire reading plan to pull it of.
In a fit of self-improvement, I decided to dedicate 2013 to reading everything by William Shakespeare. I found, however, that while the internet is thickly populated with Bible-in-a-year reading plans, apparently no one has published a Shakespeare_in_one_year. So I had to take some time to create one—plays on weekdays, poems on weekends. The plays vary enough in length that they range from five to eight days’ worth of reading apiece. I have stuck to it, and am nearly finished. The daily diet of Shakespeare has been very invigorating. I used the text of The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (second edition), available in highly portable Kindle format but with an unfortunately high incidence of bugs and typos in the conversion from print. But there is at least one complete-Shakespeare app for free out there, with a sound text.
What a great idea. I’m going to do this myself. You should be able to download the plan from the website on the link provided. However, I have attached it here for good measure. Good luck.