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Introduction to Shakespeare

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Megan Petraska

on 17 March 2013

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Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Widely referenced in our culture Style Why Shakespeare? Mumford and Sons took lines from Shakespeare in songs such as "Sigh No More." This song borrows lines from Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" such as "Man is a giddy thing" and "serve god, love me, and mend."
If you want to listen to this song, click here -> So what's unique about Shakespeare's style? He made stories captivating to a wide variety of people in Elizabethan England

His stories lived "beyond their years" Shakespeare's Style Puns (a play on words)
Example from "Romeo and Juliet:"
Mercutio: Nay, gentle Romeo we must have you dance.
Romeo: Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes with nimble soles. I have a sole of lead so stakes me to the ground I cannot move.

New language Shakespeare's Style Bawdy humor (crude jokes...people paid to see this!)

Poetry (blank verse/iambic pentameter)

Example: Two households, both alike in dignity,In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife.The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend,What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. Iambic Pentameter:
16th Century Rap 1 short syllable followed by a long syllable - /

This is called a foot

In iambic pentameter, each line is composed of 5 feet

Shakespeare wrote in this pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables Final Background
on Shakespeare The greatest writer in the English language

Wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets

Plays have been translated into every major language

Plays are performed more often than any other playwright's Stories In addition to borrowed song lyrics to imitate Shakespeare's style, we also borrow many everyday words from Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Life and Writings April 23, 1564- April 23, 1616 (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613

3 phases of writing:
early phase = comedies and histories middle phase = tragedies (1600-1608)
last phase = tragicomedies (romances)
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