The Federation’s most British French captain is here to help you survive the isolation with some of the finest works of poetry.
A sonnet a day keep the blues away – at least that’s how Patrick Stewart sees it. Yes, gloom and despair would a perfectly normal response to the coronavirus quarantine, but the legendary English actor won’t let you submit to such sentiments. His remedy? Wisdom, wit, elegance, and raw emotion of William Shakespeare’s sonnets that he reads daily on his Instagram and Twitter.
Stewart, who portrayed Captain Pickard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the recent namesake TV show, is no stranger to the English bard’s oeuvre. In the ’60s and ’70s, he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and even appeared in various Broadway and West End productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream or Hamlet. And if you’ve ever seen an episode of Star Trek, it’s highly possible you heard Captain Pickard quoting a line or two from The Tempest.
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At this point, no one knows when this Shakespearean journey will end – the actor posted his first video on March 21 and so far hasn’t missed a day. Given the fact that Shakespeare wrote as many as 160 sonnets and that Patrick Stewart’s voice has set a new standard for ASMR, we’ll be more than happy to spend the rest of the year in their company.