Willy Shakes (@IAM_SHAKESPEARE) by Joshua Strebel

"Willy Shakes" by Joshua Strebel
“Willy Shakes” by Joshua Strebel

William Shakespeare returns to Twitter!

This bot (previously reviewed in I ♥ E-Poetry) takes a simple concept and executes it flawlessly: it tweets a line from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (freely available in Project Gutenberg) every 10 minutes and will do so until it reaches the end in about 2 years. “Willy Shakes” has now begun the third round of tweeting, having recently completed Round 2 on December 24, 2013 (see embedded tweets below) and taking a brief hiatus.

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@IAM_SHAKESPEARE by Joshua Strebel and @TweetsOfGrass by Anonymous

Two of the most important poets in English and American letters live on in Twitter in similar yet profoundly different ways. In both cases, the accounts offer a sequential presentation of each poet’s texts in tweet-sized portions. The differences are in how they are programmed and the implications for the systems that execute these programs.


Willy Shakes” was programmed by Joshua Strebel in 2009 and set into motion publishing the complete works of William Shakespeare on Twitter, calculating that “every 10 minutes a new line, 24/7/365. Should take about 2 years, 13 days… and finish around August 24th 2011.” Upon completion the project had been so well received that it is currently doing so for the second time (as I write this, it is tweeting The Merry Wives of Windsor). Part of what is so brilliant about the project is that it weaves a little bit of the Bard’s lines into the Twitter stream of its followers, placing it in circulation with everything else that is going on in that environment, making it shareable, remixable, readable. A person too busy to go read one of Shakespeare’s plays or poems, can still have appreciate some of his language and perhaps be motivated to make the time to read one of his plays or poems.

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