“There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Iluvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad. But for a long while they sang only each alone, or but few together while the rest hearkened; for each comprehended only that part of the mind of Iluvatar from whence he came, and in the understanding of their brethern, they grew but slowly. Yet ever as they listened, they came to deeper understanding, and increased in unison and harmony.”
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
(If you haven’t already checked out the gallery of breathing2004, you absolutely should. The stained-glass style renditions of the Lord of the Rings are stunning, and the whole gallery is beautiful.)
"you make my heart beat in iambic pentameter."
no you don’t understand shakespeare literally writes to the beat of your heart
- that’s why shakespearean actors will sometimes pound their chests in time to the words during readings
- that’s why you use fluctuations in the rhythm to track your character’s emotional state - any irregularities in the scansion are like the character’s heart stuttering or jumping or skipping a beat
- that’s why when characters share the rhythm - switching off in the middle of a foot - those characters inevitably have an extraordinarily intimate connection
shakespeare fucking writes viscerally, he is literally in your body, and that, my friend, that is why the best shakespearean actors don’t posture and emote
you have to be fucking alive and passionate and electric - it can’t be intellectual, in the end, it has to be about connection and the sweating, cheering, jeering, bleeding masses you’re performing to, because make no mistake, shakespeare may go to lofty heights, but he only works if you’re just as grounded in the earth. he has to be in your body. he has to be in your body.
holy motherfucking shit i love shakespeare so much, get him in your bones, breathe him in, stomp and rage and pine, dadum dadum dadum dadum dadum, it is literally to the beat of your heart
If you’re going to stab someone you have to either say “I am no man.” or “The Lannisters send their regards.” sorry I don’t make the rules.
(Source: elyanora, via hogwartsteachussomethingplease)
crawling my way to the end of this semester
(Source: elvishness, via revirement)
this is what i’m wearing to the gates of hell. I could command armies in this dress.