Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stratford upon Avon: Still Bustling in Celebration of Shakespeare

Stratford Upon Avon.

Follow the Avon north and we arrive at the birthplace of William Shakespeare! The town's character is alive, busy--still bustling in celebration of the iconic author, actor, and playwright himself. To walk through the town, following in his brilliant footsteps, is exhilarating. To visit his childhood home helps to form an idea of the boy he was and the man he became. I am especially drawn to the window pane, once outside his bedroom--visited and engraved by other famous writers such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy. It is obvious how the richness of his work and the impact of the his language has truly changed the world.

Just a bit of the words he coined 

Shakespeare's bedroom window engraved by so many famous authors who visited 
Shakespeare's bedroom as a boy

The burial site at the Holy Trinity Church is quiet, calm and a place that centers me. The stained-glass allows color to trickle into shadows and the engravings in the window also illustrate the long-lasting power of story. Outside, in the cemetery, I am followed by ideas--Shakespearian ghosts and words that live in the air around me. Spooked and honored all at once.

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