What was the Shakespearian language like? im studying much ado about nothing at school but i havn't seen the flm or read the book and i have a test coming up therefore i need to be able to...

What was the Shakespearian language like?

im studying much ado about nothing at school but i havn't seen the flm or read the book and i have a test coming up therefore i need to be able to understand the language.

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Shakespeare's language is English, but an English made strange to us by three things: the time that has passed since he lived, the fact that he wrote in verse, and the specific vocabulary Shakespeare used (the images, the creative phrasing, etc.). He introduced many new words into English, which would have made his work challenging even for listeners at the time.

You'll find some links below to help you with his language, but without reading or seeing the plays, they probably won't help much. You really need to experience the language, ideally in performance, to appreciate it.

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