Shakespeare Gets A Second Life

No, Shakespeare’s not alive again. Here’s a riddle: What would Shakespeare say if he rose from the dead? Brains… If you’re not familiar with the term, Second Life is basically an online virtual world in which you can have an alternate life. If you’re still confused head over to Wikipedia to learn more about Second […]

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A ‘B’ Or Not a ‘B’?

That is the question. Patrick Stewart is the man. Sure he was on Star Trek, and was wonderful as Captain Picard… but he’s a superb Shakespearean actor, as you will see on this clip from Sesame Street. My hero!

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WOTD: Puissance

This is one of those words that some readers/listeners will come across and think “WTF mate?” I shall expound all for you now! puissance (n.) IPA Pronunciation: power, might, force ARCHBISHOP OF YORK That he should draw his several strengths together And come against us in full puissance, Need not be dreaded. – Henry IV, […]

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Stand Up For Shakespeare

Shakespeare is required in many schools all over the world. In the UK it’s compulsory for almost all students. But trouble and Shakespeare in school seem to go hand in hand these days. Not all teachers know that much or even enjoy Shakespeare. How are the students going to get anything out of this kind […]

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WOTD: Runagate

This one’s fun to use. It rolls off the tongue easily in order to use this word to badmouth someone. runagate (n.) IPA Pronunciation: fugitive, runaway, vagabond CLOTEN I cannot find those runagates; that villain Hath mock’d me. I am faint. – Cymbeline (IV.ii) Feel free to use this word as an insult. You’ll look […]

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A Conversation With Sir Ian McKellen

No, I didn’t get to talk to Sir Ian, that would be a dream come true! But someone else did and got it all on video. It’s not quite an interview, this is sort of like a video lesson on Shakespeare taught by Sir Ian McKellen. It’s wonderful! The focus is the video is Richard […]

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WOTD: Cogitation

Here’s a word not quite unique to Shakespeare, but you won’t find it in use too often. cogitation (n.) IPA Pronunciation: thought, contemplation CASSIUS Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your passion; By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations. – Julius Caesar (I.ii) This word takes some […]

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Think Less, Speak More

Were you ever told to “think before you speak”? If so that was probably good advice if you’re prone to say silly things in everyday conversation. But onstage that doesn’t work so well with classical text. Words of the poets from Sophocles to Shakespeare are not natural speech where people are careful about what they […]

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Coming To A Blog Near You

New to the Bard Blog…. The Shakespeare Blog Carnival A blog carnival is a central place where blog posts from different blogs are shared. For example, The Carnival of Education. There are a lot of great Shakespeare blogs out there and I thought that it would be a good idea to create a carnival for […]

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It’s Boring, Very Boring

A few days ago on one of my posts the following comment was added: i’m studying shakespeare at school it’s very very boring but then all school is I hope the comment’s author doesn’t mind me using it. But that sentence got me thinking back to my high school days where the previous statement was […]

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