Oh for a muse of fire …

This post gets a lot of hits, and I puzzled over it for awhile. I then realised it’s because of the Shakespearean quote which is the title. So for all of you who have come here expecting to find more about the muse of fire, here’s some info to get you surfing on.

The quote is from the Prologue of Shakespeare’s Henry V. It is spoken by the Chorus, who wants the audience to let the actors work on their ‘imaginary forces.’ He asks the audience to put their imaginations to work, to pretend that the events of the play are happening before them … to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ and ‘feel’ things that are being spoken about. It’s Shakespeare speaking to us about the role of imagination in the Elizabethan theatre where the key ingredient was the spoken word.

And wanting a ‘muse of fire’? The Chorus is wishing to be inspired by the right kind of fiery passion to tell the story well. It’s something any actor today can relate to.

And here is the rest of my original post … I was using the quote as a shorthand way of saying ‘O I wish I had the words to tell you how I felt …’ I used pictures instead, thinking of another quote which goes ‘A picture is worth 1,000 words.’ (not Shakespeare) …

Groundling is back and refreshed and ready to go. What a splendid summer that was up there in Europe.

I’ll begin at the beginning with a picture or two that tell their own story about another beginning. Anyone who loves theatre will, I hope, relate to the images.

There are more on my Flickr set of those magical days in Greece and Turkey.

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