Good friends, I bid you cheery welcome here,
To Master Shakespeare’s tav’n of yester year!
What might you find, as you walk through the door?
What might divert you, leave you wanting more?
Anon, our aim, without a doubt’s to please,
Pull up a chair, take drink; be thou at ease.
Your host has but one wish: to entertain,
And through his poor words let Will live again.
O’er time, each play, we’ll fondly read once more,
Reliving Shakespeare’s glorious days of yore.
And yet as brother Jonson rightly says,
Shakespeare is not for ‘then’ but for all days!
What news? How fares our noble poet now?
Your host will tell, should his poor skill allow.
I teach. I read. I play Scrabble. I walk. I take photographs. I cook occasionally. I write sometimes: frequently in iambic pentameter.
WHY THE BOAR’S HEAD, EASTCHEAP? Although it’s almost impossible for me to select a favourite play, perhaps Henry IV part I is Shakespeare’s most complete and satisfying play. And, check this out.