" In Shakespeare’s works, you find the verse in plenty and it is for you and me, for all. He had a genius for verse" said theatre personality G.K. Govinda Rao

Students should enjoy reading the works of Shakespeare instead of forcibly studying his plays to pass examinations, G.K. Govinda Rao, theatre personality, told the students here on Monday.

Inaugurating an exhibition on Shakespeare held by students of the English Association of the University College, he said: “Don’t be frightened of him (Shakespeare). Read him. Go and meet him on the stage, in the library and in the room.”

He told the students that it would be difficult to get away from his works once they began appreciating it. People say that it is not easy understanding Shakespeare’s plays and that they were written long ago, in unfamiliar language. He said it may be tough to get a visa to the world of Shakespeare’s works but with access to his works, it was tough to leave as there is no exit visa. One could not be unhappy reading the works of Shakespeare. He said that students should read his plays and learn to enjoy them.

“But these wretched examinations ask you questions such as ‘Sketch the character of Macbeth,” he said.

Everyone appreciates nature and was in search of language. “We all have experiences but no words. In Shakespeare’s works, you find the verse in plenty and it is for you and me, for all. He had a genius for verse,” he said. For Shakespeare, nature was his university, said Mr. Rao.

Much was being written in India about culture and about what was acceptable and what was not. Some people say one should not speak this way or that one should not write that way. However, there were some poems written by Shakespeare, which some people might find shocking. If one could get to know what was in the mind of another person, it could be shocking or even disgusting.

He illustrated his talk on Shakespeare with several lines from Macbeth. The Merchant of Venice is a comedy yet it has characters such as that of Shylock. “We all have multiple dimensions to our personalities,” he said.