Thee… Thou… Whaaat?: Reading and Understanding Shakespeare
by: Calisin, Johanna Rose E
University of the Philippines – Diliman
Shakespeare is an icon in English Literature. He is continuously read, studied and adapted into different media. However, a lot of people find it difficult to read and understand Shakespeare’s language. Not too long ago, I was one of them.
I sought ways to help myself understand Shakespeare better and recently found 3 very useful videos by TED-Ed.
The First video is on Shakespeare’s use of the iambic pentameter which is about how the use of stress and rhythm are useful tools in understanding the bard:
This next video is on Shakespeare’s language. It talks about how he had invented words that we use nowadays and it also talks about romantic language by him. It translates into modern language some of them.:
The last video is a helpful guide in the language of insults in Shakespeare’s works. Through it, the viewers can understand what kind of insults were used and why these were insulting in works like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet etc:
Hopefully, others would find these useful as well.