Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet The story of Romeo and Juliet takes place in Verona in Italy. Two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, hate each other so much that they fight on the street whenever they meet. One of these families, the Capulets, organises a big party so that they can introduce their daughter Juliet to a rich nobleman, Count Paris, who has asked to marry her. Romeo is the son of the Montague family, and is also about 14. That night, at the party, Romeo meets Juliet, and they fall in love at first sight. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, gets angry very easily. Meanwhile, the Capulets decide that Juliet must marry Count Paris immediately. When the guests arrive for Juliet’s wedding the next day, Juliet’s lifeless body is discovered. When the Capulets and Montagues discover both their children dead, they are united in their sadness.
What Inspired Shakespeare? What Inspired Shakespeare? From great classical authors like Ovid and Seneca, to English historians like Holinshed, Shakespeare's greatest influences were the works of other great writers. With the exception of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labour's Lost and The Tempest, which are wholly original stories, Shakespeare borrowed his plots, down to fine detail. You can read about what Shakespeare read as he crafted each play in my sources section. Here is a brief biography of two of Shakespeare's favourite authors: Geoffery Chaucer (1340-1400) Even though Chaucer wrote his poetry in Middle English, he is still regarded as one of England's finest poets. Plutarch (46-120 AD) Plutarch was the son of Aristobulus, an important biographer and philosopher. For more on Shakespeare's debt to Plutarch please see the following articles: Plutarch's Influence on Shakespeare and Other Writers of the Sixteenth Century An Analysis of Shakespeare's Indebtedness to North's Plutarch More Resources
17 Shakespeare Plays Summed Up by a Single Taylor Swift Lyric Shakespeare is everywhere. I mean probably 99% of the idioms that leave your mouth on any give day were coined by a dude who wore a frilly collar and wrote with a quill pen. Seriously. Laughing stock, one fell swoop, wild-goose chase, full circle, mind's eye, be-all end-all, goodness' sake—Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare. And that is just the tip of a seriously large iceberg. Think Titanic-sinking proportions, here. I stay up too late, got nothing in my brain / That's what people say mmm, that's what people say mmm - Hamlet Magic, madness, heaven, sin - Macbeth Bad blood - Titus Andronicus See the lights / See the party, the ball gowns / I see you make your way through the crowd / You say "hello," little did I know / That you were Romeo - Romeo and Juliet Love's a game, want to play? Everybody here was someone else before / And you can want who you want / Boys and boys and girls and girls - Twelfth Night
Why is Shakespeare Important? Why Study Shakespeare? The Reasons Behind Shakespeare's Influence and Popularity Ben Jonson anticipated Shakespeare's dazzling future when he declared, "He was not of an age, but for all time!" in the preface to the First Folio. While most people know that Shakespeare is, in fact, the most popular dramatist and poet the Western world has ever produced, students new to his work often wonder why this is so. 1) Illumination of the Human Experience Shakespeare's ability to summarize the range of human emotions in simple yet profoundly eloquent verse is perhaps the greatest reason for his enduring popularity. Here are some examples of Shakespeare's most popular passages: • The seven ages of man • Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 2) Great Stories Marchette Chute, in the Introduction to her famous retelling of Shakespeare's stories, summarizes one of the reasons for Shakespeare's immeasurable fame: William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known.
Shakespeare Unbound - the arts,english(9,10) - ABC Splash - Skip to content Add this to your favourites Shakespeare Unbound Like Shakespeare's stories but think the tights are boring and the old-fashioned language is hard to follow? About this digibook What is Shakespeare Unbound? watch Credits Who is this for? Secondary The Arts, English Years: 9, 10 Source: Bell Shakespeare Find more resources from Bell Shakespeare Copyright information Metadata © Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Education Services Australia Ltd 2012 (except where otherwise indicated). Belongs to the topic: Shakespeare Drama Related keywords: Othello | The Tempest | Julius Caesar | Bell Shakespeare | William Shakespeare | Romeo and Juliet | Macbeth | Hamlet | John Bell What to view next: The value of Shakespeare English Years: 9,10 English: an evolving language English Year: 10 Shakespeare words: the process of language ch ... English Year: 9 It appears your web browser is out-of-date. Get Firefox Get Chrome Get Safari Get Internet Explorer
Did Shakespeare really write his own plays? - Ask History Most scholars accept that William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, and spent time acting in London before returning to Stratford, where he lived until his death in 1616. But actual documentation of his life is pitifully scarce: little more than several signatures, records of his marriage to Anne Hathaway and the birth of their children, a three-page will and some business papers unrelated to writing. Above all, nothing has been found documenting the composition of the 37 plays and 154 sonnets attributed to him, collectively considered the greatest body of work in the history of the English language. Since the 19th century, a roster of famous people–Henry James, Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin and many others—have voiced their doubts about the man from Stratford. But until hard evidence surfaces linking his plays to someone else, the man with the strongest claim to the plays of William Shakespeare appears to be…William Shakespeare.
The life of Shakespeare | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC This lesson is about Shakespeare’s life. It provides students with an insight into the major events of his life, with a focus on pronunciation of past tense forms, asking questions and the lexis of life events. Topic: The life of Shakespeare Level: A2 Time: 80 minutes Aims To develop students’ ability to read for detail, read aloud, transcribe dictated text, ask and answer questionsTo develop students’ vocabulary of life eventsTo give practice with reading, writing, listening and speaking, focusing on pronunciationTo raise students’ awareness of Shakespeare, his life and work Materials: Student worksheet A & BShakespeare's life timeline - Cut into strips
Did Shakespeare Really Write His Plays? A Few Theories Examined Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550 -1604) was a relatively late entrant into the Shakespeare authorship wars, but for the past nine decades, Oxfordians, as they’ve come to be known, have presented the dominant challenge to Stratfordians, that is, to those who believe William Shakespeare wrote his own plays. The candidacy of the Earl of Oxford was first proposed in 1920 by the unfortunately named J.T. Looney (though it’s pronounced “loney”) in his book Shakespeare Identified. Since then, the case for de Vere’s authorship has been bolstered by famous supporters such as Sigmund Freud, as well as by the formation of Oxford societies on both sides of the Atlantic, including one formed by a descendent of de Vere himself. Now, with the movie Anonymous, the argument for the Earl of Oxford is getting the big screen treatment. Actually, it’s not the first time the theory has been mentioned on the big screen. NEXT: The case for Shakespeare himself
Women in Shakespeare's plays This lesson examines the role of women in Shakespeare’s day (16th/17th century), and compares this with the roles and characters of some of the women in his plays. Topic: The role of women in the times and works of Shakespeare Level: B2 Time: 90 minutes Aims: To develop students’ reading and speaking skillsTo develop students’ vocabulary (adjectives of personality)To increase students’ familiarity with female characters in Shakespeare’s plays Copyright - please read All the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only.
Shakespeare First Folio found in French library | Stage A rare and valuable William Shakespeare First Folio has been discovered in a provincial town in France. The book – one of only 230 believed to still exist - had lain undisturbed in the library at Saint-Omer in the north of France for 200 years. Medieval literature expert Rémy Cordonnier was searching for books to use in a planned exhibition of “Anglo-Saxon” authors when he stumbled across the 1623 tome in September. Cordonnier, a librarian, said that at first he had no idea that the battered book in his hands was a treasure. “It had been wrongly identified in our catalogue as a book of Shakespeare plays most likely dating from the 18th century,” he said on Tuesday. Cordonnier contacted one of the world’s most eminent authorities on Shakespeare, Prof Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada in Reno, who – as luck would have it – was in London working at the British Library. “He was very interested by the elements I had sent him by mail and said he would come over and take a look.
Shakespeare Lesson – A Shakespeare Lesson for Students new to the Bard Guide note: Each month, our "Teaching Shakespeare" columnist writes about bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom and drama studio. This month he shows you how to introduce the Bard in your first Shakespeare Lesson. The First Shakespeare Lesson by Duncan Fewins It’s essential for teachers to make their first Shakespeare lesson practical, accessible and fun. I always begin by focusing on the structure of Shakespeare’s writing and some of the key textual conventions. Workshop: The First Shakespeare Lesson To introduce the students to the rhythm of Shakespeare’s verse, ask them to stamp out the following rhythm with their feet: stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp / stamp-stamp Then ask the students to stress the second beat in each pair, as follows: Stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP / stamp- STAMP Students can then say the following line from Twelfth Night as they stamp out the rhythm: If MU / sic BE / the FOOD / of LOVE / play ON Working on Prose
Teaching Shakespeare - Top Tips for Teaching Shakespeare Teaching Shakespeare can be one of the most challenging, yet enlightening jobs ever because there are always new techniques to try and fresh perspectives to discover. There is nothing more satisfying than when you get a student to engage with Shakespeare because you know that experience will stay with them for the rest of their life. However, Shakespeare gets an undeservedly bad reputation in schools. I think that those with negative feelings about Shakespeare are more vocal than students with positive experiences. So, here are my top three teaching Shakespeare tips – and I welcome contributions from Shakespeare teachers worldwide. Teaching Shakespeare Tips Relate it to their experience.
No Fear Shakespeare Duncan Fewins works with the Royal Shakespeare Company to improve the quality of Shakespeare education in the UK. He is also a drama lecturer and programme manager at Stratford-upon-Avon College. Here, he speaks to About.com about overcoming your fear of Shakespeare. About.com: What do you aim to achieve in your workshops at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in your lecturing career at Stratford-upon-Avon College? Duncan Fewins: Obviously, these texts were written 400 years ago and can sometimes appear intimidating, so my main aim is to make them accessible and alive. I think that there’s still a stigma attached to classical texts: people are still in reverence of Shakespeare, and perhaps even a little afraid. About.com: Is this easy to achieve, or does it require training? Duncan Fewins: I think it does require training and skill – and that sounds arrogant. About.com: From a performance perspective, what lies at the heart of Shakespeare’s writing?