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Shakespeare & Elizabethan England

Shakespeare is arguably the best writer who ever lived. 

But why? 

William Shakespeare is ready for his remix. (Paul Gonzales via LA Times)

Why did they talk like that??

Actually, they didn’t!   Did you know?...

 

The average person in Elizabethan England didn’t walk around spouting poetry.

Shakespeare was a poet who created beautiful words and phrases to make his stories more interesting.

Shakespeare wrote largely in two styles:

PROSE

Text in its ordinary form, without poetic structure

IAMBIC PENTAMETER

Activities: Exploring Iambic Pentameter

(Beginner level)

Goal: Increase comprehension of iambic pentameter.

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(Beginner level)

Goal: Increase comprehension and understanding of subtext. 

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(Beginner level)

Goal:Deepen understanding of rhythm and iambic pentameter. 

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(Moderate to Advanced level)

Goal: Increase students' understanding of iambic pentameter through experimentation.

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(Moderate to Advanced level)

Goal: Increase students' understanding of iambic pentameter through experimentation.

Deeper Dive: Exploring the Text

 An actor, director, or designer must begin by digging into the script - exploring what Shakespeare hid below the surface.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH HOW AN ACTOR MIGHT BREAK DOWN TEXT FROM TWELFTH NIGHT  

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