Playing with Shakespeare

In Art Journal Caravan 2013 we “travel” each month to a new county. We even have passport stamps to collect. Below is my journal page that I will use at the end of the year as my cover image on a printed collection of pages.


Since Great Britain is our first Port of Call, I had to make my first page about Dr. Who, a wonderfully quirky sci-fi show that has been running, on and off, since the 1960s. I like the old shows for their low-tech, kitchy sets and aliens. The new show is much faster paced and more adventurous, but, still just as quirky.


Each week we receive new prompts such as one called Poetic License. A series of randomly generated numbers are given and we are challenged to do something with the words we take from a kit with numbered words and short phrases. We can add words, try to make sense of them, or do what ever we wish. There have been some creative uses of these words so far. This week, I fit the words into the famous Shakespeare quote from Julius Caesar.

Here is my take:

This is the original text:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest –
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men –
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

I hope Shakespeare doesn’t mind my playing with his words, and maybe, would get a little laugh from it.

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