Shakespeare Writing Prompts: Week of Sunday June 21st to Saturday June 27th, 2015

Writing Prompts!

For this week’s writing prompts, I thought we would take a journey back through the ages to Shakespeare’s time. Pick a quote from one of his plays and use it in a very modern way for a short story and/or poem. You may even want to rewrite a sonnet using modern day language and ideas. Be creative and logical, as was the brilliance of William Shakespeare; he was able to explain extremely profound things in very clever and concise ways. Have fun and write on! ;)

Info on the Bard…
“Shakespeare (1564-1616): Who was he?
Though William Shakespeare is recognized as one of literature’s greatest influences, very little is actually known about him. What we do know about his life comes from registrar records, court records, wills, marriage certificates and his tombstone. Anecdotes and criticisms by his rivals also speak of the famous playwright and suggest that he was indeed a playwright, poet and an actor.” ¹

Quotes from Shakespeare’s most famous and notable works below to use ²

  1. Hamlet
    “To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – (Act III, Scene I).
    “This above all: to thine own self be true”. – (Act I, Scene III).
    “Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?” – (Act III, Scene II).
  2. As You Like It
    “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (Act II, Scene VII).
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – (Act V, Scene I).
    “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it” – (Act II, Scene IV).
  3. Romeo and Juliet
    “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?”. – (Act II, Scene II).
    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. – (Act II, Scene II).
    “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun” . – (Act II, Scene II).
  4. The Merchant of Venice
    “But love is blind, and lovers cannot see”.
    “If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”. – (Act III, Scene I).
    “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose”. – (Act I, Scene III).
  5. King Henry IV, Part II
    “He hath eaten me out of house and home”. – (Act II, Scene I).
    “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”. – (Act III, Scene I).
    “A man can die but once”. – (Act III, Scene II).
  6. Julius Caesar
    “But, for my own part, it was Greek to me”. – (Act I, Scene II).
    “Et tu, Brute!” – (Act III, Scene I).
    “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
    Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come”. – (Act II, Scene II).
  7. Macbeth
    “There’s daggers in men’s smiles”. – (Act II, Scene III).
    “What’s done is done”.- (Act III, Scene II).
    “Out, damned spot! out, I say!” – (Act V, Scene I)..
  8. Othello
    “‘T’is neither here nor there.” – (Act IV, Scene III).
    “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at”. – (Act I, Scene I).
    “The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief”. – (Act I, Scene III).
  9. Twelfth Night
    “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”. – (Act II, Scene V).
  10. The Tempest
    “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep”.
  11. Much Ado About Nothing
    “Everyone can master a grief but he that has it”. – (Act III, Scene II).
  12. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    “The course of true love never did run smooth”. – (Act I, Scene I).
    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”. – (Act I, Scene I).


¹Shakespeare. Shakespeare Biography. Absolute Shakespeare n.a. Web. 20 June 2015. ‹›.

²Shakespeare. Shakespeare Quotes. Absolute Shakespeare n.a. Web. 20 June 2015. ‹›.

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