The ubiquitous plays of Will the Bard
Are oft considered very hard
By students who struggle with an older form
Of English so different from our norm.
“The play’s the thing” that makes them rage
Against drama on the printed page.
And so they miss the utter glories
Of Shakespeare’s powerful, epic stories.
Not just Will but others too
Are lost on non-readers of our youth.
The stories and morals we would teach
We dangle just beyond their reach.
And so I say to those who care
Do not strand our children there
In the land of those who are illiterate
Reading alone is inconsiderate.
Will’s great stories were not formed
To read in silence but performed.
His people did not read his plays
Few people read back in his days.
Film is the drama of our days
And movies take the place of plays
So I beg those who teach our students
Use multi-media as is prudent.
Take the literature of our days
And teach them all in their own ways.
Sneak it in when they don’t know
And let them just enjoy the show.