Of course one will wonder how Shakespeare can be anti Jewish without being an anti Semite. And, of course the answer is that Jews were not a Semitic people by land as at that time as they had no land of their own, but they are Semitic people by blood as now.
He portrayed the Jews well in the Merchant of Venice, and the determining factor about that is that no harm came to Jew or Gentile. This is the true way of the European, and is an exceptional portrayal of an historic event where a Jew is trying to assert the Shetar.
Less about Jews, and more of a warning about their presence, as historically in Europe they are known as the well poisoners. Shakespeare had a point for his cause to write such beauty and it has become enshrined a treasure of English literature. His plays and sonnets are for the purpose of kindling love and romance in an England, and Europe decimated by the Black Death. His books are manuals for people to be successful and find worth in their relationships to the point of ever lasting love within a loving family unit.
How can it be that verses such as “Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?”, or “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day, for thou art more fair.”. Why would such demonstrations of affection touch us so deeply, without being so well thought through? From mere words in a play, into a mystique that was probably only seen by a few people in the Globe Theatre at the time of writing. Yet, all the while making England prosperous again, as well as better populated, and bouncing back from such horrors as the Hundred Years war, the Pilgrimage of Grace, the War of the Roses, etc, etc, etc.
No, the gift of the Englishman, Shakespeare, is a thing of such extraordinary beauty, for English People and Foreigners alike. It’s actually quite beautiful to hear the Acts spoken with an American accent, as this is probably nearer to the English accent of the time. Much has happened in England and to England since the time of Shakespeare, yet, like Luther, his words still ring with a sense of high fashion that cannot be discounted by none. Link.
I think it certainly worthy of note, that F Mathias Alexander had come to wish to be a Shakespearean actor. The man must’ve undertook quite a study of the works of Shakespeare and to warrant his travelling halfway around the world not to be one, but to teach an extremely healthy method of living that he purely, by his own account, derived from Shakespeare. What it tells to me is that there is a visceral nature to Shakespeare’s work, one that Alexander picked up, and I believe only through such arduous study would have done so. It maybe a side dish of Shakespeare to have so masterfully crafted a way to reach through the hundreds of years separating Alexander and himself, yet the message has been passed on.
I will demonstrate with some photographs what I mean about how the health aspect of his findings, which have come directly from Shakespeare’s Works.
His parents were the offspring of convicts transported to what was then called Van Diemen’s Land for offences such as theft and destroying agricultural machinery as part of the 1830 Swing Riots. Alexander also attracted several important new pupils, including the statesman Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton who drew public attention to the technique in the Times Educational Supplement, the initially skeptical writer Anthony Ludovici who went on to praise Alexander’s approach in a book, and the industrialist Robert Dudley Best who supported the Alexander Technique, including the expansion of teaching to Birmingham, England. Link.
As this article is a tribute to William Shakespeare and I believe FM Alexander to be the greatest student of his work, then here are also a few more pictures.
Well done to William and Hail England!