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Miranda2013 posted this thread...
Aug. 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Is it just me or does anyone else have trouble reading his work? Don't Get me wrong, once it is explained and I understand the explanation, I do think it is great, but until someone else explains it to me... I"m lost.
Anyone else? Am I a loner?

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RayynThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Don't worry, I think most people are like this! I love reading Shakespeare, but I often don't understand what's happening either. It takes practice. I like the 'No Fear Shakespeare's that sparknotes makes to help me read them. I actually think that I understand most of it without the sparknotes version, but I still read No Fear just in case there's a part I don't get.

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DynamoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

Aaaaaaaargh, I hate the way we study Shakey! He just bores me to death. I wish we had his plays enacted not read out in a boring voice.*bangs head  against wall*

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RayynThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Your class doesn't act it out? That's weird.

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DynamoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Not classically. When hamlet says "Alas poor Yorrick" its a soliloquy. You must express it through expressions and feats, not say it in a shrill pitched tone.:(

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AnimaCordis replied...
Aug. 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

This problem is easily explained, Shakespare is written in old english. In addtion, Shakespare made up lots of words, some we use today like 'wired' others, not so much. 
Also shakespare is very much open to interepretation, i always have a totally different impression of the text from the rest of the class. some find that comfusing, personally i find it interesting.
I'm a total Shakespare nerd, I'm willing to stand for three hours to see a Shakespare play, 
We played shakespare, but the majority of the shakespare i have experinced has been out of the class room. We've only read othello, romeo and julliette, midsummer night's dream, much ado about nothing and twelth night in class. lol 

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RayynThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I've only read Romeo and Juliette in class, but I read Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and A Comdey of Errors. Twelfth Nigh is my absolute favorite so far. C:

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AnimaCordis replied...
Aug. 17, 2012 at 3:31 am

Ive never been able to have a favorite shakespare play, i like them for such different reasons. I'll admit the taming of the shrew gets up my nose, that is one i distenctly don't like althoutgh then again it can be pretty funny.

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Miranda2013 replied...
Aug. 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

We read Romeo and Juliet in my freshman year of high school. The teacher had to explain what was going on like every few minutes. When she went over that, i could then peice most of it together but in some ways I was still left behind. All in all it was a fantastic peice, just not something I would sit and take the time to try to figure out on my own.

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ADancingShadowThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Aug. 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I completely agree with you! At first I'm lost but once someone explains it I get it. I'm not good at Elizabethean English, I guess. I used Sparknotes so many times for help to understand Shakespeare's work.

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dainbramaged replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

I don't have a problem with it. But then again, my parents joke around and say I'm going to be the next Shakespeare. xD

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ZephyrPunk replied...
Jan. 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

get the foger editions and No Fear Shakespeare. It helps. I adore Shakespeare, and with a little practice it becomes easier to understand. Also, if you read some easier stuff with the same kind of writing first, it really helps. Try Beowulf and actual King Arthur legends.

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RoseAndThornThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I don't mean to affend you, AnimaCordis, but I had to reply because of your comment that caught my eye. Shakespeare... is not Old English. His writings are actually Modern English. Suprise, suprise!
As to understanding Shakespeare, it basically comes down to practice. I encourage people (no matter who or what) to always read, and when you read, have most of what you read on a level that is slightly challenging for you. This, over time, developes your general understanding (of most anything) as well as your vocabulary.
Also, try reading poems or other high reading-level works from other famous writers. If you study from Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rudyard Kipling, etc you'll build the understanding to take on Shakespeare.
I'll stick in a footnote about how I think the public school system is doing a poor job of teaching literature...

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