10 mins about the Eng language

Q: Why is Shakespeare considered the greatest English writer to have ever lived? It is because…

A: Shakespeare’s reputation as the greatest English-language writer stems from at least five dimensions of his collective work. The first of these is the sheer scope of his achievement. Over some thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare addressed virtually every aspect of human experience. His plays include comedies, tragedies, histories, romances, and problem plays: it is difficult to think of a dramatic situation, a human dilemma, or a major theme that his works do not touch upon. That being so, although he wrote for a specific audience of a particular historical era, Shakespeare’s works are…

(The entire page is 216 words.)

Words coined by Shakespeare Shakespeare was a master of the English language. He coined or made up hundreds of new words that are still used today! For more information and examples, visit this link for the Shakespearean phrases we all still use and quote today***.

Shakespeare “Quotes” Playing Cards

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Ways to Learn About Shakespeare?

  • go see a play performed at the theater
  • read a play outloud
  • listen to an audio recording of a play read aloud
  • watch a pre-recorded performance on DVD (or other format)

Read Charles Lamb’s Shakespearean stories here

Romeo & Juliet


What was the original Shakespearean pronunciation? Listen to this

Tales from Shakespeare (Squidoo)

Shakespeare in Modern English
These eight plays are placed alongside a modern translation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice,and The Tempest. This site is especially helpful for a parent preparing to teach Shakespeare to a child

Shakespeare Online
Here you can find original texts of Shakespeare’s plays –histories, tragedies, and comedies.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Every known work of the Bard, in one large volume and in a multitude of formats suitable for printing or reading on a Kindle or other ebook reader

Shakespeare’s Works

Shakespeare Online original texts

History of English


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