Welcome to my first attempts at a blog. If you look carefully it has been sadly neglected the last six months but I hope, with the renewed energy that FFP gives me, that you will watch me write on a regular basis. Besides that is what I will be asking you to do so why should I expect less of myself?
I had an idea for this blog several years ago and the first couple entries explain what I was going for. I want to weave the poem “Lines” by William Wordsworth throughout the entries as a kind of theme or motif. I have actually memorized a large portion of this poem. It needs to be dusted off but I am a huge fan of memorizing poems, plays, monologues, quotations. Mrs. Marr, my grade four teacher used to make us memorize one poem a month. I also went to Sunday School and in order to get a sticker you needed to memorize verses from the Bible. I was quite competitive so I had my verses memorized. I credit these earlier experiences to why I fell in love with Shakespeare and theatre in general. In grade nine, for the fun of it, I memorized Shylock’s monologue “Hath not a Jew eyes? from the Merchant of Venice. Especially with Shakespeare, when the language seems slightly distant from our own way of speaking, memorizing helps break open the thoughts of the character because you internalize the words into a more natural speaking pattern. I love nothing more than walking and reciting monologues.