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 Post subject: Reading Shakespeare.... HELP!!!!!!!!!!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:18 pm 
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My mom had The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (The Tudor Text - Players Addition).... Which I now have

I started reading The Tempest and I'm lost with the English.
And this book doesn't have any footnotes.

Can someone recommend a good book that does provide the footnotes and explanations to figure out what the heck is going on?

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 Post subject: Re: Reading Shakespeare.... HELP!!!!!!!!!!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:02 pm 
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One does not "read" Shakespeare, one sees Shakespeare performed.

If you don't have a theater in your town that has a Shakespeare play running, then find one of the umpteen adaptations you can find on home video. Shakespeare rarely makes sense when "read" he always makes sense when performed live.

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I find it hard to follow when performed. But reading it aloud can be helpful (as with all poetry).

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:26 pm 
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I have an unabridged audio book that I got from Amazon which is well done and makes reading easier. Also Ignatius Press has critical editions of many Shakespeare plays that are useful.


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This is the audio book. https://www.amazon.com/The-Tempest/dp/B005HV1MMM/


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:56 pm 
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Thanks for the advice everyone.

Zeno, I appreciate the suggestions. I'll look into that critical edition from Ignatius

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
I find it hard to follow when performed. But reading it aloud can be helpful (as with all poetry).

Yes. Reading Shakespeare out loud is probably the best approach to individual study. When I see a Shakespearian play, I prepare by reading it at home beforehand.

Shakespeare, BTW, is not all poetry -- but much/most is blank verse.

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 Post subject: Re: Reading Shakespeare.... HELP!!!!!!!!!!
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Do you guys realize that when you recommend reading it out loud that you're be actually agreeing with me that it has to be performed?

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I don't regard the two as synonymous. When I think "performed," I think "Watching on TV or on a stage, trying to figure what the heck is going on because I have only understood about half of what was said."

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You seem to have a different definition of "perform" and "read out loud" than I do; I opine that they are not equivalent. Performing requires reading out loud; reading out law does not require performing.

If you saw me reading out loud, you would be glad I was not performing. I could never do justice to:

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:


Not blank, BTW.

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While I agree plays are best when at least read aloud, if not performed, the simplest solution is the one most of us (lazy) students availed ourselves of - Cliff's Notes. Get a copy, familiarize yourself with the characters, the themes, plot, and so on. Historical context is always helpful. Then read the play. Read it again. Highlight/underline passages you don't understand. Hopefully, someone will have the same questions in class.

There. Was that so hard? Sheesh. You'd think nobody here ever did the same thing.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
I don't regard the two as synonymous. When I think "performed," I think "Watching on TV or on a stage, trying to figure what the heck is going on because I have only understood about half of what was said."



When you read it out loud, you are performing the play, the thie "table read" is always the first step of actors learning a script, it us how actors "rehearse" until they learn it well enough to do a dress rehearsal

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Shakes did use words that are strange to our modern ears: e.g., Blue-Caps meaning Scots.

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 Post subject: Re: Reading Shakespeare.... HELP!!!!!!!!!!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:40 am 
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lbt wrote:
Shakes did use words that are strange to our modern ears: e.g., Blue-Caps meaning Scots.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O8uqAPCf7U

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lbt wrote:
Shakes did use words that are strange to our modern ears: e.g., Blue-Caps meaning Scots.

You ain’t seen nothing yet: https://youtu.be/BaGHVWKrcpQ nar

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