Week 10

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….

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§ One Response to Week 10

  • Hi Marie,

    I really like your honesty in the post, it so true that exposure to Shakespeare often begins as if you are approaching a foreign language. I do agree that Shakespeare’s language is timeless and invaluable, however I think it would be extremely hard to imitate his language in the 21st century. I believe the greatest lesson that 21st century writers can learn from Shakespeare is that originality would be more likely to be remembered and studied rather than the smorgasbord of texts which are churned out for mass consumption and quick profit. I enjoyed watching the YouTube clip – just another way of showing that although Shakespeare’s writings can be difficult they maintain a certain element of “coolness”…says the teacher in me anyway.

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