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William Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Great Poet/Playwright

Together, let's learn about one of the world's most famed writers and his works.
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Richard Churchill

on 7 February 2012

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Transcript of William Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Great Poet/Playwright

William Shakespeare Poet and Playwright What made him famous?
William Shakespeare was made famous because his works, both sonnets and plays, were written about humanity. Shakespeare was also well known for his ability to mold characters and to manipulate language. In fact, his works contain 29,000 words, which is 6 times more than the King James version of the bible, which was also written in his time period. History Comedy Tragedy SONNET 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

What is a sonnnet?

A sonnet is a 14 line poem that is written in iambic pentameter, which means a line of poetry has 10 syllables, and they always end in a rhyming couplet. They feature beautiful language, such as is found in Sonnet 18. Plays Shakespeare is best known as the world's best playwright. In total, he wrote 38 plays, in which 36 were published in 1623 in the first folio. This was published after Shakespeare had passed and was the first full collection of his works. 18 of the plays were first published in this collection. Most of his plays can be classified in 3 genres. The histories were Shakespeare's earliest works. They were mostly written about England's royalty and their ascent into the throne. The comedies were the next stage in his writing, in which these plays were the daring and bawdy tales of marriage gone wrong, cross dressing, and trickery. Think a combination of soap opera and jersey shore. The tragedies are considered, by many, Shakespeare's best work. The tragedies typically follow one character and their fall from a position of nobility by way of his or her tragic flaw. One such play is the infamous Romeo and Juliet, which will we be studying. Prose Blank Verse Often used to show lower class characters
For madness
Serious matters
Directions
Letters (Depending on the Intent) Only used by characters of nobility
Artisitc Language
Easier to remember for his actors Language ACT SCENE Ex: Act I, Scene 2, Line 44-50 Structure Soliloquy

When a character is speaking to oneself; think of it as the character's inner voice speaking outloud. Aside - when a character speaks to the audience and is not heard by any other character on stage. Words - Fairplay
- Zany
- All's Well "Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit."
RJ Insult
Romeo and Juliet Written in 1591-1595, published in 1597
Teenage Love (Star crossed lovers)
Tragic Romance
Popular, even today
Film Adapted
Pop Culture Referenced
Timeless
A 'true' love story This Prezi was Created by Mr. Churchill, Random Island Academy
Hickman's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

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