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Thursday, January 17, 2013


  I read Hamlet yesterday. Yes, that Hamlet. While reading a fellow blogger I discovered No Fear Shakespeare, a blog that puts Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing page translation into modern English—the kinds of English people actually speak today. I remember in high school our English teacher having us read Julius Caesar but that was the total of my school experience with Shakespeare. On my own I read A Midsummer’s night’s Dream but I always felt that there was a gap in my knowledge when it came to the great bard. I always missed the Jeopardy question when it came to his plays. So yesterday I read (via ipad and no fear Shakespeare) the whole entire  play. Even today the plot was captivating. No wonder it has remained so popular throughout the ages. And having it in terminology that you can readily  understand makes it so easy to comprehend. I am no English scholar but I think I’ll read some more plays later.  

1 comment :

  1. When I taught English, I always encouraged my students to read Shakespeare's play through the first time in one sitting as if they were attending the production, which usually lasted about 2 1/2 hours. I would then ask them to read it a second time for details. That first reading always seemed to bring the bard's work to life. I love that you're reading Shakespeare! Cherry Kay


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