See, read, listen, enjoy!

You can read all the books about Shakespeare you’d like, take tons of classes, but on top of all that the way to be an expert on the Bard is to read more of his works! There’s no better way to learn about how he uses language than to see it in action. Many literary […]

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WOTD: Ate

No, not the past tense of “eat”. That would be a silly thing to write about. Not that food doesn’t deserve to be written about, but I think you all know what food is and what it’s for. ate (n.) IPA Pronunciation: an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime […]

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Review: Thinking Shakespeare

by Barry Edelstein I picked up this book one day at a bookstore while browsing the Shakespeare section, like I do, and took a quick look inside. Knowing nothing about it, I saw that it was over 400 pages long, cost only about $8 and was written by a man who had been directing Shakespeare […]

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WOTD: Betide

I was trying for a while to make a clever quip in iambic pentameter using the following word, but it’s rather late (or very early) and nothing betid. Please accept my most humble apologies. betide (v.) IPA pronunciation: /bI‘taId/ happen, take place, befall SCROOPMore health and happiness betide my liege Than can my care-tun’d tongue […]

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Love Language

If there were a two word answer to the question “what do I have to do to be a great classical actor?” My answer would be LOVE LANGUAGE. Of course there is no magic two word answer that tells you exactly how to be a great actor. Loving Language is a simple concept, but the […]

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WOTD: Haply

Not Happily. Haply! haply (adv.) IPA pronunciation: /’hæp.li/ perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck CORDELIA …Haply, when I shall wed, That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and duty. -King Lear (I.i) Often when people come across this word the think it is “happily” […]

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Review: All The Words on Stage

by Louis Scheeder and Shane Ann Younts How many times have you been reading one of Shakespeare’s plays and stumbled across a word and wondered, “How the fardel do I say that!?” You can look up a definition without too much difficulty in a dictionary or some other books. But none of the published Shakespeare […]

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WOTD: Convive

Tis the season to convive! convive (v.) IPA: To feast together, enjoy a banquet AGAMEMNON. First, all you peers of Greece, go to my tent; There in the full convive we… -Troilus and Cressida (IV.iv) Convive with your families this Holiday season while you’re on Christmas break. None of this “winter break” political correctness. The […]

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Review: Shakespeare.Nowheres.Com

A very simple website, and a quick way to get to Shakespeare’s plays. They have a list up of when you click on “works” of the plays organized like in the Folio (Comedies, Tragedies, Histories). There’s also a “Poetry Machine” that randomly selects words and posts them like word magnets on your fridge and you […]

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Review: Shakespeare’s Words

by David Crystal & Ben Crystal This is a book that I almost can’t live without. It is essentially a dictionary of most of the words that Shakespeare uses in his plays. But I’d be selling it short if I said it was just that. The majority of the book is the dictionary. The editing […]

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