Love According To Shakespeare
Shakespeare has been and always will be known as one of the greatest romantics in history. His works have inspired countless loves and romances throughout the centuries since, and they continue to stoke and inflame the ardent passion and amorous desire of people the world over. His words have given flight to countless hearts, and fed the imagination of generations. He penned the lines that make women swoon and spur men on to any lengths to win the hand of their beloved. He was so damn good that he could make us wish we knew a love like Romeo and Juliet’s even if it didn’t come with a happy ending. So is it any wonder at all that Shakespeare, who without a doubt did his fair share in encouraging us to go forth and multiply, has made such an impression in the way we go about romance?
Perhaps the most intriguing area where Shakespeare transmedial reach and influence can be felt is in the realm of weddings. Is it really any wonder that in the joining of two people in holy matrimony, the pinnacle of the love that is shared between a man and a woman, the great Shakespeare would find himself a place? Lines from his various sonnets and plays are found in weddings readings and other parts of the ceremony, and Shakespeare themed weddings, bridal showers and the like abound.
Two famous sonnets that are often present at weddings are Sonnet 116, which begins with the familiar, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments…” and Sonnet 18, that immortal comparison of one’s love to a summer’s day. Many more sonnets and plays are selected based on the preferences of the bride and groom.
A few of the more common Shakespearean themes used are the plays Romeo and Juliet, that most classic yet tragic love story, and Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its whimsical, enchanting quality.