[quote] If you don't like Billy S., well, not much more to be said, is there?
Are you punning, R1...why speaketh thou in Shakespearean tongues, hast thou forgotten that thou ist now in 2012?
[quote]Many, both comical and serious.
References would be more useful, my thoughtful friend.
Considering that all the female roles, ncluding the romantic ones, were played by men, I'd say the whole kit and caboodle is pretty fucking gay.
[quote] Possibly a lazy American whining about the language, but, just a guess.
Not from America but I hate that knee-jerk reaction.
The very fact that boys played the female roles must have made Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, inherently a bit gay, not to mention potentially confusing.
Better work on the faux-Shakespeherian rag, "speaketh thou" just demonstrates the dullness of wit.
References? This ain't the NYPL reference desk, babe. Cracking a book open might help. How about...opening scene of the Merchant of Venice?
Not from America either, but I find most of the native-speakers who moan about the difficulties of reading WS are usually irritated that they have to work at understanding the English. Pity.
[quote]Better work on the faux-Shakespeherian rag, "speaketh thou" just demonstrates the dullness of wit.
Worse than that, it demonstrates the dullness of OP's literacy and knowledge of the Bard's work.
It should, of course, be "speakest thou, or even, "speak'st thou" for that extra touch of authenticity
[quote]just demonstrates the dullness of wit.
Better dull than none at all, dear.
[quote]Not from America but I hate that knee-jerk reaction.
[quote]Worse than that, it demonstrates the dullness of OP's literacy and knowledge of the Bard's work.
Why don't you just answer the question, instead of trying to appear superior. Probably because you don't know the answer.
Get thee away from me, quickest!
[quote]Not from America either
Don't tell me...CANADA!
A woman's face with nature's own hand painted,
Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion;
A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women's fashion:
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue all hues in his controlling,
Which steals men's eyes and women's souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated,
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
But since she prick'd thee out for women's pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure.
[quote]Better dull than none at all, dear.
Rosalind and Celia in As You Like It.
I am fairly certain Lady Macbeth was encouraging her Scottish terrier to confess his homosexuality when she uttered the famous line, "Out, damned Spot!"
OP has clearly proven that she doesn't read nor deserves a straight (pun) answer
So far, no one has been able to come up with a reference except that many of the female parts were played by men (which doesn't count). I guess the thing about the sonnets is true, and I'm not taking the time to figure out the homosexuality of R12's reference.
I think you people have no idea and probably barely know anything about Shakespeare.
The deposition scene in Richard II is believed to have been censored for referencing the king's homosexuality.
Usually any character named Antonio in Shakespeare is gay.
Oi, lazy bitches!
Some of us already gave you examples, but if you're too lazy to read for yourselves, so be it.
Again: opening scene of the Merchant of Venice (OP, that's Act 1, scene 1). There's clearly some man-love goin' on from Antonio to Bassanio. For the language-whiners, there's a decent but overplayed version on film (Jeremy Irons, if I remember rightly.)
'Mericans can't take criticism well. Especially those who get called out on their bad educations.
No, not Canadian, but thanks for trying, eh?
Extra bonus round. Sonnet 129.
PS. Dictionary may help.
Romeo and Juliet
Act 1, scene 1
Sampson and Gregory, two servants of the house of Capulet, stroll through the streets of Verona. With bawdy banter, Sampson vents his hatred of the house of Montague. The two exchange punning remarks about physically conquering Montague men and sexually conquering Montague women. Gregory sees two Montague servants approaching, and discusses with Sampson the best way to provoke them into a fight without breaking the law. Sampson bites his thumb at the Montagues—a highly insulting gesture. A verbal confrontation quickly escalates into a fight. Benvolio, a kinsman to Montague, enters and draws his sword in an attempt to stop the confrontation. Tybalt, a kinsman to Capulet, sees Benvolio’s drawn sword and draws his own. Benvolio explains that he is merely trying to keep the peace, but Tybalt professes a hatred for peace as strong as his hatred for Montagues, and attacks. The brawl spreads. A group of citizens bearing clubs attempts to restore the peace by beating down the combatants. Montague and Capulet enter, and only their wives prevent them from attacking one another. Prince Escalus arrives and commands the fighting stop on penalty of torture. The Capulets and Montagues throw down their weapons. The Prince declares the violence between the two families has gone on for too long, and proclaims a death sentence upon anyone who disturbs the civil peace again. He says that he will speak to Capulet and Montague more directly on this matter; Capulet exits with him, the brawlers disperse, and Benvolio is left alone with his uncle and aunt, Montague and Lady Montague.
OP - go find your self a copy of Romeo and Juliet and read the first 5 pages.
I think its Sampson that states he wants to ram his cock up the ass of a Montague servants. Very hot.
"The two exchange punning remarks about physically conquering Montague men"
...conquering by butt fucking.
The gayest stuff in Shakespeare is the sonnets, many addressed quite passionately to a young man.
In Merchant of Venice, there is a melancholy wealthy patron who dotes on a handsome young man.
Richard Ii is about a slightly effeminate ineffectual king that many have read as coded gay.
And as others have pointed out, many of the cross-dressing comedies feature men falling for women dressed as boys and other arrangements made even more complicated by the fact that the parts of beautiful young women were played by beautiful young boys in Shakespeare's day.
Keep in mind: the fact that there was no concept for sexual orientation and certainly not classes of human beings divisible as gay or straight in Shakespeare's day. It's difficult to talk about a character as "gay" or straight since the understanding of human sexuality was so different.
I thought the word/name Shakespeare was euphemism for the admonition to shake the piss off one's spear after pissing.
My memory could be faulty, I was very young during those years.
R16=example of dull wit. I'd prefer silence.
All poetry is gay!
Yes, your silence, R29.
As suggested above, Sonnet 129 with its famous line: "The expense of spirit in a waste of shame" seems to be about the disgust the speaker feels after an act of anal sex with the young man. "Seems" is an important word, since the sonnets (typical of their era) constantly play with ambiguity and multiple possible meanings.
Although there is no evidence at all that Shakespeare himself chose the order in which the sonnets were published or had anything to do with their being published (and some sonnets don't 'fit' the story, evidently coming from different times in the poet's career), it is certainly a possibility that the main sonnets do have a highly personal and even autobiographical aspect. To what degree this is true will always be argued, since the particulars of Shakespeare's private life and behavior remain elusive (fairly safe generalizations are that he evidently pursued 'loose' women in London; partially through his documented friend, George Wilkins. Wilkens was a pimp/writer, a frequent Shakespeare collaborator: Pericles Prince of Tyre is one work they collaborated on and ironically, it was the biggest hit of Shakespeare's career, continuing in popularity after his death, Ben Jonson complained of its ongoing success. Shakespeare probably died of syphilis.)
However there are works that seem to refer to a younger Shakespeare such as Willobie his Avisa, a novel in verse, written in 1592. It appears to tell in detail the same story as the sonnets -- poor man from low background becomes the closest friend (improbably at the time) of a great, rich Lord who is younger and beautiful, thought so beautiful as to sometimes be confused with a girl. Avisa is the less attractive but sexy 'wench' who comes between them. Willobie is the author's name and there's reason to believe he knew a lot about Shakespeare. The relationship between older and younger man has a very erotic tinge and there is certainly an air of sexual ambiguity about their relationship as described.
There are also, even earlier, the Parnassus plays that seem to be about Shakespeare and his sometime roommate and probable early collaborator, Thomas Kyd, and (in the nasty plays) their plot to ensnare a beautiful, affected and immature Lord with a great fortune (this is obviously Shakespeare's patron and perhaps close friend The Third Earl of Southampton, Henry Wriothesley). A spy reported Wriothesley committing sodomy with a lessor officer in war, and he seems to have been known to be bisexual (he got in trouble over loving the wrong woman, however, and later, fathered a great many children).
That he and Shakespeare may have enjoyed an intimate relationship with a sexual aspect is not impossible.
This thread is useless without quotes.
If I were directing Romeo and Juliet, I'd have Romeo and his friends engaged in a circle jerk.
All conjecture and asides so far.
Read the sonnets, r35. It's hardly "conjecture" that they reference homosexuality.
What a maroon.