The Bard And The Bird: How William Shakespeare Would Have Used Twitter

Have you always wanted to live during the time of William Shakespeare, when you could actually attend one of his plays and see him in the flesh? What about if Shakespeare were alive now-with his undeniable writing talent, he’d be crazy not to utilize all the social media platforms available to him. What do you think Shakespeare would post to Twitter? Who would be his biggest fans in today’s literary world?

Wherefore Art Thou, Twitter?

Any good Shakespeare disciple knows that when Juliet asked the sky, “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” she wasn’t asking where he was, but instead why he was. Why he was named Romeo, why he had to be a Montague, why they were barred from loving each other.

Shakespeare would probably question Twitter in the same way, even though it would obviously be much less romantic. We’re confident that William would find his answer sooner rather than later, though-after all, Twitter and social media as a whole is undoubtedly a writer’s friend in this day and age.

Shakespeare’s Most Famous Lines, Twitter-Style

“Love” is one of the most popular hashtags on Twitter, which would make Shakespeare’s, “The course of true #love never did run smooth,” a smash.

While not everyone’s cup of tea, Shakespeare’s line, “To be or not to bethat is the question,” would make a great Twitter post if followed by the right hashtags. Explorers of the self may very well search for hashtags like #WhatIsLife and #SelfDiscovery.

Twitter experts know that timely posts are the best kinds. When springtime is upon us, Shakespeare could get plenty of attention for, “Beware the ideas of #March!

Tweet This, Shakespeare!

Besides the self-praise that comes from Tweeting one’s own quotations, what else would Shakespeare have talked about?

It’s possible that he’d be somewhat interested in politics, even though he was more of a romantic than anything else. Would Shakespeare have weighed in on the last presidential election? Odds are he would have been a liberal.

With the state of the world and the negative news reports that inundate us on a daily basis, Shakespeare would surely side with the hippies of our generation in the fight for peace. Cue more of his, “What is life?” commentary.

An artist through and through, Shakespeare would probably be overcome with the various methods of creativity we now have. We assume that he’d be interested in everything from song lyrics to photography, and Twitter would be an excellent sounding board to express his interests.

Shakespeare’s Famous Followers

  • Leonardo DiCaprio would follow William Shakespeare on Twitter. After all, Leo did play Romeo in the play’s super modern film remake.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez would have been one of Shakespeare’s most devoted followers. Marquez’s writing reads more like poetry than prose, similar to Shakespeare’s style.
  • College students everywhere, since Shakespeare is a standard requirement in Intro. to Literature classes throughout the world.

Who Would Shakespeare Be Following on Twitter?

  • Every movie director and producer in Hollywood — one of them is bound to want a Shakespeare script as a movie idea.
  • Stephen King, because horror stories are today’s tragedies — Shakespeare may get an idea or two from King’s work.
  • The New York Times — how else would Shakespeare make relevant work that comments on the times if he doesn’t know what’s going on in the world?

Shakespeare Critiques Twitter

While he may need it, would Shakespeare actually enjoy using Twitter? That mainly depends on how he views the 140-character limit that comes with every single Twitter post. Based on Shakespeare’s writing style, it’s possible that he’d hate being stifled and feel that the character limit doesn’t let him express himself accurately. Or, he could view it as a challenge to concisely convey exactly what it is he wants to get across.

What Shakespeare may really dislike about Twitter is how everyone and anyone can say what they want, when they want. A playwright who puts so much emphasis on crafting beautiful writing may be disgusted at how people can “publish” whatever they like, whether it’s good or not. In addition, Shakespeare probably won’t take very well to the fact that all of his posts will be jumbled in with every other Twitter user’s post instead of standing out from the crowd.

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