Why is Shakespeare Timeless:
I often wonder what Shakespeare would think of his legacy. It would be difficult to imagine what ambitions he had when he began his writing career. Eternal fame, legendary status was, perhaps, not on his bucket list.
To say Shakespeare has become immortal through his sonnets and plays would be a slight of the truth. His writing has become an entity unto itself; the source of inspiration, a living well of creativity that assured the Bard’s spirit was not extinguished at his death.
For centuries, writers and artists have used his plots, his characters, as a standard of excellence and as a means by which to forward their own plots, their own versions of his timeless tales. Agatha Christie, Tom Stoppard, Andrew Harman, Stephen Ambrose and even the band Rush have all been influenced by Shakespeare’s works, a common practice among creative types who seek to enrich audiences with truly stellar entertainment.
But the question remains: Why?
What motivates centuries of artists to “borrow” from the Bard? What is it, specifically, about these canonical works that still impact how stories are told, how characters move from plot to plot?
Kim Askew and Amy Helmes authors of the “Twisted Lit” series, believe it’s because Shakespeare’s works are universal:
The subjects he wrote about: love, ambition, power, greed, betrayal — they’ll never stop being relatable to every new generation. Even if the language Shakespeare used has gotten more difficult to decipher over time, the meaning behind his words is as modern as ever.