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Much Ado About Nothing: “They who love believe easily in love”

So says Dumas in his brilliant novel – The Three Musketeers. I couldn't help thinking about that when I read Much Ado About Nothing. I sincerely think that it's very funny how people could do foolish things in love.
When the prince decided to deceive both Benedick and Beatrice into loving each others, he might not have thought that they were in love with each other already. But I feel that those two were already in love with each other – consciously or unconsciously.
Ladies first, that is, Beatrice. What is her first line in all the play? “Is Signior Mountanto return'd from the wars, or no?” Who is Signior Mountanto? Well, Benedick. The first thing that this lady asked, knowing that Don Pedro was coming, is about Benedick. Out of scorn? Well, may be, may be not. On Don Pedro and his friends' arrival, to whom did Beatrice speak first? Aha, Benedick! Don Pedro, Claudio and all other people didn't matter. She has a thing for Benedick. What's that thing? Enmity? I t…

Much Ado About Nothing: “Every Word Stabs”

Watching Much Ado About Nothing, and expecting the new adaptation of it, it suddenly came into my mind that the play is so full of insults – smart insults – which resemble the things that people nowadays use at school, or at people they don't really like, or really like, but like to tease.
For my personal enjoyment, and hopefully enjoyment of others, I'd like to put some – just some – inspirational lines that might come in handy when you're upset (but please think twice before saying any of these to anyone except you are sure he won't understand it anyway), and their accompaniment in Bahasa. Any damage done is attributed to Shakespeare.
“I wonder that you will still be talking, <insert name or anything you want to call him/her with>. Nobody marks you.” (“Kok kamu masih betah ngomong sih? Ga ada yang dengerin.”)
“What, my dear <insert name or anything you want to call him/her with>! are you yet living?” (“Oh, <insert name or anything you want to call him/…

World Poetry Day: A Sonnet Dedicated to Shakespeare

Just found out that this is World Poetry Day! Yay! What could be cooler than that? Had I known earlier, I could have organised a Shakespeare event or something. Alas, I read it just now on twittter and had a quick check on Google.

The other day, I read a rather enlightening book by Paul Edmonson and Stanley Wells entitled Shakespeare Bites Back (you can get it HERE for free). The book addresses an issue I never seriously think about before but now I think very important. Some people think - and I do believe they have their reason - that Shakespeare was not easily the person Shakespeare, if you know what I mean. Well, I believe that Shakespeare is Shakespeare, that amazing William Shakespeare who had great understanding of people's hearts and desires. I hold nothing against anyone who says otherwise, but I have always believed that Shakespeare is the rightful playwright and author of works attributed to him, and I still haven't found a reason to think otherwise.

Too much of th…

Quote Tag: Much Ado About Nothing

"I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried thy eyes" 
This is what happen when I wake up too early in the morning and have nothing to do. Just a simple tag (I tried to make good ones but failed). I've been in love with Much Ado About Nothing and I want a quote from that play. 
By the way, it's such a funny play, very, very funny, but it contains some very wise sentences which sound even wiser when you drag them out of their context. Else they would just be part of the jests.

Bad Translation: Shakespeare's Comedies

(In Bahasa Indonesia below)
Sebenernya ini semua terjadi akibat posting ga penting di Facebook, yang berujung pada saya menerjemahkan (sembarangan) judul-judul komedi Shakespeare. Sejujurnya, Shakespeare benar-benar tidka kreatif kalau sudah masalah pemberian judul. Karya-karya tragedi dan historinya sebagian besar diberi penamaan macam sinetron dan telenovela (macam CahayaAnugerahPaulinaRosalindaMarimar, dll), Silakan periksa, hampir semua tragedinya berisi nama tokoh utama. Tapi setidaknya, komedi-komedinya masih agak kreatif dalam pemilihan nama. Atau mungkin saking tidak kreatifnya Shakespeare kasih nama sembarangan. Pembaca boleh nilai sendiri.
Di bawah ini adalah daftar drama komedi karya Shakespeare. 
All's Well That Ends Well: Asal Happy Ending Ga Masalah As You Like It: Suka-Suka Loe (thx to: Melisa)
Comedy of Errors: Komedi Kacau Balau
Love's Labour's Lost: Capek-Capek Ga Dapet
Measure for Measure: Balasan yang Setimpal
Merchant of Venice: Pedagang dari Venezia

Does Hamlet Love Ophelia?

I lov'd Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers
Could not (with all their quantity of love)
Make up my sum.
Really? Is it true that Hamlet loves Ophelia so much that he would do anything (including eating a crocodile) for her? I don't think so.
Well, okay, perhaps he does love her, to some extent, but not that much.

We first know that there is something between Hamlet and Ophelia when she talks with her brother about it and Laertes, as a good and loving brother, warns her about the danger of loving a prince, because “his will is not his own; For he himself is subject to his birth...for on his choice depends/ The safety and health of this whole state.”
Talking about duty before pleasure, I think Hamlet extremely exploits Ophelia to ensure people of his madness. He plays with Polonius' mind, and subsequently, although not much, the king and queen's minds and assures them that his madness results from his unrequited love to Ophelia. It's part of the plan. That's very …


Hi, I'm Lemon Tree, and this is my second blog. I don't like to manage more than a blog at a time, it's true, but some difficult circumstances kind of force me to do so.
Lately, I've been more and more drawn to Shakespeare and his wonderful works. I know I can't put all of my thoughts on him and his works on my personal book blog, since it contains so many other things (among which challenges and stuff), so I decided to make a new blog focusing on my feelings about the Bard. Therefore I name this blog, “to one, of one, still such and ever so.” (Perhaps I need to add, “let not my love be called idolatry,” just a little bit of fangirling.)
Now, I don't expect it to be a “serious” blog sort-of thing, but I want it to be a blog that talks about Shakespeare as a funny, and sometimes sarcastic, fellow. I'm not an academician, and I admit I have very limited knowledge on Shakespeare, therefore my opinion and interpretation might be unusual, of even worse, pedestr…