Shakespeare’s English is very similar to the English we speak today, although there are slight differences with verbs, prepositions and word order. The problem is that Shakespeare wrote dramatic poetry, and this sometimes makes it difficult to understand. During his time, Shakespeare invented many terms and expressions that are still used today, including “amazement”, “lonely” and “misplaced. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary claims he introduced nearly 3,000 words into the language.
You’ve probably heard the Shakespeare quote “to be or not to be, that is the questions”. But there are lots more. Memorise these and impress your friends with your literary knowledge.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (All Well That Ends Well)
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow. (Romeo and Juliet)
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo and <Juliet)
If I lose mine honour I lose myself. (Anthony and Cleopatra)
It’s not enough to speak, but to speak true. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
The course of true love never runs smooth. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! (King Richard iii)
If music be the food of love, play on. (Twelfth Night)
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon’em. (Twelfth Night)
Cowards die many times before their death; the valiant never taste of death but once. (Julius Caesar)
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Hamlet)
To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles. (Hamlet)
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. ( As You Like It)
Analyse and comment the last quote in not less than 100 words.
Hand me out your work on February 6th .