#DailyTelegraph article ' Feeling blue? You need some Shakespeare ' by #ClaireAllfree 05/02/2021
The therapeutic qualities of our greatest playwright can offer solace in our current crisis
#JanetSuzman says "Speaking your feelings and thoughts gives you agency. Whereas if you are unable to speak about your thoughts, then no one is able to help you.
There is nothing self pitying about Shakespeare. He doesn't set out to comfort you. Hamlet is a black diamond of a play - every facet of light bouncing off it is about death and murder, and the rest is silence. But it's not a depressing play. It's enlightening. Shakespeare doesn't do sentimentality. he does sentiment. And that's the difference."
Shakespeare is good for the blues not because he offers quick fixes but because no other writer captures so clearly the truth of life as a mysterious struggle in which we are all to varying degrees engaged.
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