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Afternoon Ramblings: Writing Poems is...

Emotionally tiresome. I spent a few minutes writing just now, trying to get into somebody's character and write a poem from his viewpoint. It tires me out emotionally. I feel like I have just finished crying for half an hour. It's extraordinary.

I experience such feeling over and over again, because writing poems is just one of my hobbies. I find joy and relief through it. But I just realised....

How did Shakespeare manage to do it over and over again without losing his sanity? The range and varieties of emotions, feelings, and characters he had to play inside his mind to write plays like Othello, Macbeth, and Hamlet is uncountable. How did he manage to do it?

For me, to be able to write a poem that would convince myself of an emotion or feeling, I need to repeat a scene or situation in the character I want to write it for, over and over again, until the words come to me, or until I find the word I'm looking for. But when you write a poem, you only play a character - one c…

Say It Like Shakespeare: “I don't understand.”

Have you ever wanted to say “I don't get it” without making yourself look stupid? Shakespeare is your solution. Firstly, if your friend knows Shakespeare, he would think you're cool. If he's not Shakespeare-literate, you still sound great. Well, here's some help.
“I understand the fury in your words, but not your words.” - Desdemona, Othello Othello was full of wrath, and Desdemona innocently said this like, “Calm down, Honey. I don't know what you're talking about.” 'Fury' means super ARRGHHHH! type of anger, not the Greek furies, though the word was probably derived from that. But hey, why not calling your frienemy a Fury anyway? It's like, “Hey Bro, you act like a monster and I still don't understand any word you say.”
“More matter with less art.” - Gertrude, Hamlet Polonius was going down the rabbit hole explaining Hamlet and Ophelia's love story in superfluous lines. The Queen wanted it quick, so, “Stop all the fuss and say what you me…