The Bard of Running


Celebrating Shakespeare 400

There is a strong belief that Mr William Shakespeare, spent his early days in namma Chennai, and his actual name was Villivakkam Shekarapanchapakesaiyer. There is also a strong belief that he was very fascinated by running and contrary to popular belief, running in Chennai is not a new phenomenon, Shakespeare has written enough and more about this in many of his plays. After extensive research, I have managed to locate references in his plays, as proof of his passion for running, read on..

All that happens on the marina is not a marathon. (The Merchant of Venice)

Runners , Pacers, Volunteeers, lend me your money. (Julius Caesar)

To wake up or not to wake up that is the question. (Hamlet)

All the world‘s a marathon, and all the men and women merely runners. They have their GPS watches and their running shoes; And one man in his time runs many miles (As You Like it)

Hydration , Hydration!  Wherefore art thou hydration? (Romeo and Juliet)

Now is the winter of our Chennai Marathon (Richard III)

Is this finish line which I see before me, the timing mat toward my feet? (Macbeth)

Some are born runners, some achieve running, and some have running thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)

Walkers die many times before their deaths; the runners never taste of death but once. (Julius Caesar)

If you let traffic in, do we not stop? If you deny volini, do we not laugh? If you change the starting point, do we not come? And if you deny us the medal, shall we not revenge? (The Merchant of Venice)

I am one who ran not wisely but too slow. (Othello)

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little running group is rounded with a beer. (The Tempest)

Beware the Ides of London and Boston. (Julius Caesar)

Get thee to a marathon. (Hamlet)
If breakfast be the food at the finish line, run on.(Twelfth Night)

What’s in a name? A marathon by any name would sweat as badly (Romeo and Juliet)

The course of a true marathon never did run smooth. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Uneasy lies the  Achilles heel that wears the legs . (Henry IV, Part 2)

Misery acquaints a runner with strange dry fits. (The Tempest)

I am a runner more runned against than running (King Lear)

Lord, how cool these runners be! (A Midsummer Night’s dream)

Whoever ran that ran not at first light (As You Like It)

A Medal! A Medal! My kingdom for a Medal! (Richard III)

Runners looks not with the eyes, but with the heart; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

The fault, dear non finishers, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. (Julius Caesar)

T M Karthik

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