‘Anti-Semitic’ Shakespeare Makes Test Scores Fall

In the news today I found an article that began, “A JEWISH school tumbled down national league tables after pupils refused to answer questions on Shakespeare because they believed he was antisemitic.” A lengthier article on the same subject also sheds more light. Read the articles, form your own opinions first. Were these students right […]

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WOTD: Askance

You can’t look askance from this word. You’ll come across it sooner or later! askance (adv., v.) IPA Pronunciation: (v.) to turn aside, to divert (adv.) sideways, surreptitiously OR with disdain, maliciously, scornfully PETRUCHIO Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will, – The Taming of […]

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Slim Shakespeare

Lose text now! Ask me how! When performing Shakespeare today theatres around the world will cut words, lines, and scenes out of the show. The Shakespeare Blog raises quite a few questions about the effects of editing down one of the Bard’s plays. Cutting one of the plays is a difficult task. Length of the […]

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Puzzles The Will

While browsing the net, I came across a post on the Shakespeare Blog that had a piece that related to my recent post about translated Shakespeare editions. The author, a teacher, mentions that she doesn’t use translations at all. That giving one to them is telling students that …they cannot possibly understand Shakespeare without having […]

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“Translated” Shakespeare

Over the last several years editions of Shakespeare’s plays such No Fear Shakespeare have become increasingly popular among everyone under the sun who picks up Shakespeare to read. People love the simplicity of being able to read a “translated” Shakespeare play. These have been created to combat Bardophobia. But are these convenient little volumes the […]

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WOTD: Diadem

I don’t know exactly what it is about this word, but it’s one of my favorites. diadem (n.) IPA Pronunciation: crown HAMLET A cutpurse of the empire and the rule, That from a shelf the precious diadem stole, And put it in his pocket! – Hamlet (III.iv) The word just has such a regal sound […]

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Where To Start With Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s language can be challenging. You and everyone else already know this fact. I’ll try not to say it again. Since it can be so challenging (whoops!) some people try to avoid it. When avoiding it for so long doesn’t work and people realize that they have to work on something Shakespearean, for whatever reason, […]

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WOTD: Hoise

Bring in da hoise, brink in da funk. Wait, you can’t bring in a verb. That makes no grammatical sense but it sounds cool, right? Shakespeare could probably pull it off. I’m no Shakespeare. hoise (v.) IPA Pronunciation: hoist, remove BUCKINGHAM And all together, with the Duke of Suffolk, We’ll quickly hoise Duke Humphrey from […]

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Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Mr. William Shakespeare is not just famous for writing plays to be performed – he wrote poetry as well. In 1592 there was an outbreak of plague in London and so the theaters were shut down for two years. During this time Shakespeare decided to put his talents to use by writing poetry that wasn’t […]

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WOTD: Mickle

Anything that rhymes with ‘pickle’ is worth mentioning. Especially in Shakespeare. mickle (adj.) IPA Pronunciation: /mIkl/ great, much, large DROMIO OF EPHESUS O villain! thou hast stolen both mine office and my name. The one ne’er got me credit, the other mickle blame. – Comedy of Errors (III.i) I’ll give you a nickel and tickle […]

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