Shakespeare – learning resources

Shakespeare “Quotes” Playing Cards Amazon Price: $9.95
10 mins about the Eng language (Youtube video)

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***.

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

Absolute Shakespeare  – houses a complete library of Shakespeare’s work, summaries and famous quotes organized by work, e.g. “To be, or not to be: that is the question” Hamlet, Act III, Scene I. There’s also a helpful glossary to explain the meanings of the words the Bard uses that are not in common use today.”

Romeo & Juliet


More fabulous Shakespeare resources were written-up about by the Economist (excerpted here):

William Shakespeare: A digital reinvention Aug 28th 2012, 17:00 by A.C.

“… now, one of the better places to discover the Bard is online. New developments are unfolding in the digital realm, bringing the classic canon off the page and onto screens. Three projects are particularly riveting: the RSC’s new web portal called myShakespeare, an iPad edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets  and a digitised version of the First Folio from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, which will be available soon.

With 150m hits on Google, there is no dearth of Shakespeare data online. “Banquo” is a social media data-feed on myShakespeare  that streams each Shakespeare-related mention on eBay, Flickr, and Twitter (which is frequently zipping familiar quotes across the ether). This “digital global heartbeat” is a striking introduction to the RSC’s site, but the website does a more important job as a platform for experimental new works. myShakespeare is a collaborative project that invites creative minds worldwide to reinterpret Shakespeare for the modern day, in “a new kind of artistic space”…
The RSC has commissioned works from several artists for the site. A stunning piece by Kate Tempest, a London-born performance poet, comes bursting off the screen. Rarely has the relevance of Shakespeare to our language, to the very fabric of our feelings, been expressed with quite such youthful passion. (It should be mandatory viewing for all teenagers.) … In another work, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, a mixed-media artist, gathers Shakespearean references from pub signs, books, films and other worldly objects on a blog. In a performance billed as “iambic pentameter meets hip hop”, Will Power, a composer and playwright from New York, orchestrates a speech by Caliban from “The Tempest”.

Students at Central St Martin’s School of Art, in London, were similarly invited to “re-code” Shakespeare through visual experimentation. Intriguing images of their work can also be seen…
“The Sonnets”, an interactive book from Touch Press and Faber & Faber, achieves a similar goal. (They set the standard for excellence in digital publishing with T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” in 2011.) This book reinvents Shakespeare’s poetry as it has never been seen or heard before—all 154 poems are read by veteran performers, including Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Fiona Shaw, and Stephen Fry. Each actor’s voice, gestures and expressions serve to penetrate the meaning of the Elizabethan words which illuminate as they are spoken. The pleasure is enhanced by commentaries from Shakespearean scholars. Their familiarity with the texts, and the immediacy of the recordings, makes this an appealing way to learn.

Bodleian Library is in the process of digitising the 1,000-page First Folio, the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays published in 1623. This will mean free online access for all to a precious text until now reserved for scholars. It has never been easier to come into exhilarating contact with the enduring power of Shakespeare’s 400-year-old words.”…

Shakespeare Resource Center – visit this when you need a biography, reading lists, etc. for your studies and projects

Shakespeare Studies is NYU Library’s guide for students and professors interested in the study of Shakespeare’s life and works

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

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet This well-organized site includes both original content (such as a time line of Shakespeare’s life) and annotated links to a wide assortment of external sites. These links range from the useful (online Shakespeare courses) to the bizarre (a Star Trek site which is offers Shakespeare in its “original Klingon form.”).

IPL Shakespeare Bookshelf – here you’ll find the complete text of all Shakespeare’s plays, as well as links to scholarly criticism, a Shakespeare search function, and a single downloadable file of Shakespeare’s complete body of work.

Surfing with the Bard – Teacher Amy Ulen explains how to make sense of Shakespeare’s sometimes confusing words in Shakespeare 101: A Student Guide. The rest of her “Shakespeare classroom on the Internet” is divided into zones for teachers, plays, discussion and fun

PBS hosts a page called The Shakespeare Mystery

This video clip from the Open University will be most useful to those who wish to listen to Shakespeare spoken with the original pronunciation… this

See also the History of English

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