Speaking the words, seeing the pictures

I’m not talking about illustrated editions of Shakespeare’s works. Will uses a lot of very descriptive words to help both the actor and the audience imagine a visual picture from the words being spoken. Metaphors and similes galore help us understand exactly what’s going on in the character’s minds, and what they are seeing. When […]

Continue Reading

WOTD: Russet

Breaking away from words that look like you know them, here’s something different. russet (adj.) IPA Pronunciation: a yellow or reddish light brown HORATIO …But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill. – Hamlet (I.i) Horatio sure knows how to turn a phrase. He could have […]

Continue Reading

New address!

The Bard Blog is growing! You can now link to this site at bardblog.com, so readers: update your bookmarks. Both of you. Also, the “Bard Blog Recommends” link on the sidebar can be easily reached by this easy to remember URL: http://bookstore.bardblog.com. I’ve also added the option of subscribing to an RSS feed of this […]

Continue Reading

What does it all mean?

(To the casual reader of Shakespeare: this might not apply to you directly, but remember that to enjoy these works you have to know what they mean too. And when you are an audience member who has done some research, seeing an actor who has done his share as well will make the experience all […]

Continue Reading

WOTD: Approve

Continuing with the theme of words that are spelled and pronounced the same as modern words but have different meanings, I give you – approve (v.) IPA Pronunciation: try, prove, put to the test CORNELIUS I left out one thing which the queen confess’d. Which must approve thee honest… – Cymbeline (V.v) I really like […]

Continue Reading

WOTD: Dewlap

Here’s a fun word. There’s nothing like odd names for body parts that you don’t really care about. dewlap (n.) IPA Pronunciation: /`d(j)ulæp/ folds of loose skin around the neck PUCK And when she drinks, against her lips I bob And on her wither’d dewlap pour the ale. -A Midsummer Night’s Dream (II.i) It’s a […]

Continue Reading

A Shakespeare Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope you all are conviving with your friends, family, and/or loved ones. Now that you all have gift certificates and some cash on hand, it’s a good time to reward yourself with a little Shakespeare! Check out the links I’ve given you and buy a good book or movie. :-p Through all […]

Continue Reading

WOTD: Square

It’s hip to be a square! But not this kind. This isn’t a geometric shape, but maybe a way to get your nose into a different shape. square (v.) IPA Pronunciation: /skwer/ to quarrel, fight PUCK But, they do square, that all their elves for fear Creep into acorn-cups and hide them there. – A […]

Continue Reading

A-Store

In the links section I added something that say “Bard Blog Recommends…” which will take you to a mini store that has a bunch of recommended items related to Shakespeare. I will be slowly adding items to it as I review them, or remember that I haven’t added an item yet. Most are things I […]

Continue Reading

WOTD: Union

This is one of this words that will make sense when used in context. But by itself it’s one of those words that make you think “WTF mate?” It is pronounced just like the word with the same spelling that means “joined together”, which could possibly add to the confusion. union (n.) IPA Pronunciation: pearl […]

Continue Reading