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Author Thomas C. Foster titled one of his chapters in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, "When in doubt, it is from Shakespeare..." This exemplifies how influential Shakespeare's works are on...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 1:05 am UTC

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Absolutely! Even the darkest of Shakespeare's plays are full of comic relief in the form of humor, puns and goofy characters. Every drama needs comedy to lighten the mood and make the dramatic...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 1:20 pm UTC

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The Globe Theater in London is the most famous site of Shakespeare's productions. Working class peasants paid a week's salary to buy a seat in the theater. The "groundlings" paid less to stand in...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2008 4:57 am UTC

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Most of what is known about Shakespeare's views, philosophy and attitude toward life are inferred indirectly from the themes of his plays and poetry. Nothing is extant or mentioned in history in...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 6:50 am UTC

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The surface meaning of the poem is about a person, presumably a man, who is in love with this other person, presumably a girl. Obviously, the speaker has strong feelings towards the subject of the...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2009 10:31 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's conception of tragedy illustrates the durability and timelessness of principles that date back to antiquity and were enunciated in Aristotle's Poetics. Tragedy must evoke pity and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 3:22 am UTC

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There are two basic ways. During Shakespeare's life, anyone who could get a handwritten copy of a play could print it. There were no copyright laws at the time, and, since Shakespeare was a...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 3:11 am UTC

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Though it can be hard to imagine in our modern age, in which all of the most respected writers are novelists or authors of other long form fiction, in Shakespeare's day, the poem was considered the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 11:35 am UTC

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V is a roman numeral that translates in our numbers simply as 5. Usually a Shakespeare play has around 5 acts and, along with the scenes, they are all numbered using the Roman numeral system. Act I...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2019 11:48 am UTC

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This is an interesting question, but a difficult one to answer. William Shakespeare left very little personal information behind, and much of what is known about him is inferred through secondary...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 11:22 pm UTC

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Defining Shakespeare's dramas is a near-impossible task. His plays were, in great part, responsible for changing the entire theater experience, presenting the drama as it had never been seen...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2012 3:37 pm UTC

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The previous Educator has already answered this question, so I'll try to provide some additional context which might prove useful. To begin with, though: no, Shakespeare is not Middle English. He...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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We can see social codes at play in all of Shakespeare's plays. Gender roles are a prevalent theme, and we can look at Shakespeare's plays to think about how women were perceived and treated in...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 9:37 pm UTC

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Shakespeare was employed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men, an acting company who performed in the Globe Theatre. Because of its affiliation with Shakespeare, the Globe is the most famous of several...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015 10:46 pm UTC

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To answer the second part of your question . . .In terms of the anouncing of the plays, announcements would have been distributed - like leaflets or posters - announcing the production of a play....

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009 11:36 am UTC

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Before there were theaters, there were touring acting companies. These companies did not have a building in which to perform their plays, so they toured their regions and played wherever they...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2011 9:28 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's plays are traditionally broken down into three categories: comedies, tragedies and history plays. Interestingly, plays such as Julius Ceasar and Corialanus are not designated as being...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2013 2:50 pm UTC

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The only issue I can see is readiness. It seems that many of today's students don't have the reading/emotional skills to relate to Shakespeare's different use of language and plots that lack...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 3:32 am UTC

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First, lets define the difference between the two. Prose is defined as "ordinary language". It is the language that people speak in, and doesn't contain any of the metrical structure of poetry....

Latest answer posted March 23, 2009 5:11 am UTC

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The overall meaning of the poem is that there is a natural end to all human endeavors. This natural end could be death, or it could simply be the termination point for all that is done....

Latest answer posted July 15, 2009 9:42 pm UTC

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William Shakespeare lived and wrote during the Elizabethan Era, a period of time named for the most important woman with a job in England at the time — Queen Elizabeth I. Though she did not...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2016 10:56 pm UTC

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I think the previous post does a nice job with the topic. I would like to submit that any potential storyline that examines the complexity of human emotion owes a debt to Shakespeare. In his...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009 11:29 am UTC

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I would ask Shakespeare if Hamlet's dad really did appear to him as a ghost, or if Hamlet was mentally ill. I would also ask him, if I am permitted another question, why Romeo and Juliet had to...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 4:07 pm UTC

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The real answer to this question is that, while we know that Shakespeare was a respected actor and was writing plays at the same time as he was a member of The Chamberlain's Men, an acting troupe...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 9:08 am UTC

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As far as we can tell, Shakespeare's early works were most likely collaborations with other playwrights and possibly actors. Interestingly enough, Richard III and Henry IV seem to have been some...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 2:51 pm UTC

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William Shakespeare needs no real introduction as his name is a world-wide phenomenon. One of the benefits of reading Shakespeare is that his plays are still relevant even to a twenty-first century...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2015 7:59 am UTC

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This question is a valid one, as contemporary audience members and scholars honor William Shakespeare with some of the greatest accolades the literary world can offer. Though Shakespeare is a...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 5:23 pm UTC

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First, I am not sure one can legitimately claim that Shakespeare "changed the world." There are very few people of whom that could realistically be said, and those would be great religious leaders...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 4:20 am UTC

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You thesis statement should read something like this: William Shakespeare is one of the most important figures in English literature because of his contribution to the language itself, his...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 5:28 pm UTC

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Again, I'm a bit late in responding to your request as you already have answers, but I'll make my contribution just the same. In The Poetics, Aristotle defines tragedy as an "imitation of an...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010 4:55 am UTC

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Shakespeare is William Shakespeare's real name, but as others have noted, there are variant spellings. We have a good deal of documentation about Shakespeare's life. We know he married at 18, had...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 5:59 pm UTC

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The idea that a soliloquy is embarrassing for the audience probably comes from the fact that you are listening to a character’s innermost thoughts. Maybe it feels like eavesdropping. It could...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 3:53 pm UTC

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I think you're talking about "As You Like It" by Shakespeare. In the play, there is a very famous speech ("Seven Ages of Man") by the character of Jaques that sounds somewhat...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2008 2:58 am UTC

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As the answer above says, these people were called groundlings. Shakespeare's Hamlet refers to them by this name when he is complaining about bad acting. He says that he finds it offensive when...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2018 2:54 am UTC

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Confidence and innovation marked the historical period when William Shakespeare toiled writing plays in London from 1592 to about 1613. This confidence and optimism in England at the time is...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 5:05 pm UTC

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This quotation comes from Act II Scene III of Othello, Cassio says to Iago: "I will rather sue to be despised than to deceive so good a commander with so slight, so drunken, and so indiscreetan...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2009 2:00 am UTC

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One-hundred-and-fifty-four of William Shakespeare's sonnets were published together in a single volume entitled Shakespeare’s Sonnets in 1609. The sonnets were likely written between 1592 and the...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 3:07 pm UTC

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The complete works of William Shakespeare is so voluminous and so impressive that speculation has existed for many years regarding the true provenance of these works. It is almost too difficult to...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2017 2:01 am UTC

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I can't help with the Latin itself -- this question would best be answered by someone at the Classics department of a local university. However, your quotation is a bit off, and it's best to get...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2009 5:36 am UTC

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William Shakespeare has quite a legacy. If you really think about it, he is probably one of the most well-known, enduring authors of all time. He wrote plays and poetry that are, hands-down, the...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 1:25 am UTC

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"Spring" is a poem by William Shakespeare that documents various spring activities, but focuses on the Cuckoo birds that tell the married men how 'Cuckoo' those men are. This is a poem from the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 7:14 am UTC

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Shakespeare only married once, to Anne Hathaway, on November 28, 1582. The marriage was unusual for its time in several respects. Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare. She was also...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2015 2:14 pm UTC

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According to Aristotle, the chief elements of the classical tragedy are as follows: the protagonist's downfall is caused by some tragic flaw in his character which prompts him to break moral rules...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 11:20 pm UTC

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The Elizabethan stage refers to plays and their production in England under Queen Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 to 1603. As theater became increasingly popular as a form of public...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021 7:58 am UTC

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I have no idea what kind of man Shakespeare was. I am not sure I believe what I do read about him. However, we can tell from his plays that he had a good sense of humor and was clever with words,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 3:32 pm UTC

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So many lines from Shakespeare have become part of our culture and language. You have provided a good example. Also consider "all the world's a stage" and "to be or not to be, that is the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 1:50 pm UTC

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Shakespeare was the greatest playwright that ever lived. He wrote comedies and tragedies; and the comedies are more tragic than the dramatic plays. As You Like It is a comedy while Hamlet is a...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 4:30 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's plays remain relevant to us because we still struggle with the same issues that his characters faced. For example, most of us have times, like Hamlet, where, rather than face our...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2018 1:36 am UTC

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Shakespeare has a way of capturing the best and worst of who we are, and he does so in language which is poetic and compelling and enduring. His words have become part of the fabric of our...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2010 12:52 pm UTC

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I think one of the things that makes Shakespeare's comedies unique is that they have some pretty serious concepts along with the comedy. None of them are pure slapstick, all jokes and goofiness...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 3:25 pm UTC

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