The World Sans Shakespeare

In the discussion in an older article from a few months ago, one comment brings up a point that got me thinking. I’d like to pose it to you all in a more prominent spot. What if Shakespeare’s works never existed or didn’t survive? Who would we be reading/acting/studying? We have John Heminges and Henry […]

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The Blame Game

There hasn’t been much activity here lately, I am to blame of course. There’ll be more activity from now on… so let’s start a little discussion. Inspired by some things I saw while surfing the internet, I’d like to ask my readers: Who is responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths? Don’t forget to back up […]

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Memorizing Shakespeare with ScenePartner

There’s a relatively new online product out that was created to help actors learns lines. Just click on over to MemorizeShakespeare.com and see what the buzz is about. The whole idea behind this method is that learning by ear the most effective way to remember text, just like the way you learn song lyrics or […]

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas, and/or any other holiday you happen to be celebrating this season. Did anyone get anything Shakespearean? Please share the Bard-y gifts you got and gave! I bought myself a present this year… it’s Shakespeare: The Bard Game. I have yet to play but it sounds like it’ll be […]

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Bard Blog Birthday Bash!

The Bard Blog is a year old today! It’s hard to believe. It seems like I started this up not too long ago, but it also seems as if I’ve been doing this for a long time (and enjoyed it). I’ve been a bit distant from the web lately, and I haven’t been posting as […]

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Hamlet – Regurgitated

No, my dog didn’t eat my Hamlet homework and cough it up again. Back in Blog Carnival #6, there was a link to a post by the title of Shakespeare Hated Hamlet. Some interesting stuff. The author recently emailed me with a follow up post and I’d like to share it with you. Enjoy Hamlet […]

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Plot Structure and Macbeth’s Climax

SparkNotes is a source for information used by students of all ages, teachers too! Generally teachers don’t encourage students to use SparkNotes, Cliff’s Notes, etc. since these resources are most often used in place of reading the text rather than a guide to be used in addition to the text. This is a big company […]

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Sesame Street Shakespeare

I’ve posted a couple silly Shakespeare videos from kids shows before, but it’s time for some new ones! The Monster of Venice and The Taming of the Shoe. YouTube is wonderful! And so are the writers of these TV shows who try to keep it entertaining for the parents as well.

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Is Our Children Learning?

A story from New Zealand illustrates an educational trend that is spreading worldwide. A trend I see in the U S of A in the news far too often. Schools, districts, and government instituted curriculum plans are trimming the meat from classroom learning. The article describes Shakespeare studies as being one of those trims: “Shakespeare’s […]

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BardBlog is Now Mobile Friendly!

Quick update in the midst of busy season for me, but I just thought I’d let you know that there is now a mobile version of the site that is accessible by merely going to bardblog.com on your cellphone, PDA, or iPhone/iPod Touch. As soon as the world gives me back more free time, you’ll […]

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