May 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
T h e l a n g u a g e
Although Shakespeare touches on universal themes of love, loss, authority, relationships and war, it is not the essence of what makes his artistic works riveting. Anyone can write a play or a poem on such universal themes. It is more how he does it that leaves me awestruck. To think, I was going to be an English teacher without really knowing the true power of language.
Shakespeare used to look like this to me “fOSDhg;csKJFSDRNzzzZzzZzzZzzzz……………..”
A clear language barrier.
After practice in reading, re-reading and acting out Shakeaspeare’s plays, I gradually began to understand him. Shakespeare’s hold on language is something that definitely stands the tests of time. He only had so many words he could work with at the time and definately developed the English language. Linguistically, he used every technique possible where appropriate to tap into a realm of imagination that cradles our emotions to submit to the demands of his words. The power of his words lusciously paint worlds within the reader’s minds, so much that you cannot read Shakespeare, you must act it. Any reading easily turns to acting because the words control your tongue. Throughout the plays I have noticed that Shakespeare does not describe the surroundings, he more so uses and contrasts his characters language with each other to create an inherent environment and story within themselves.
Much can be learnt about Shakespeare’s language. This is what 21st century literature needs to return to. Shakespeare’s work provide a refreshing source of linguistic inspiration in the 21st century literature that seems to be exhausting all of it’s creativity within plots and characters. Yet if we return to the very heart of literature, to use language like how Shakespeare did, we would have the power to inspire worlds of imagination to our readers and society. And imagine what the world be like then….