Culture Vultures:All the World's A Stage

 

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Culture Vultures: All the world's a stage

 

 

 

Nelson

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Nelson has enrolled in several literature courses at the Trinity College in London. At the moment he is going over the syllabus of his "ENGL301: Shakespeare" course.

Many consider William Shakespeare the greatest dramatist—even the greatest writer—of all time.  His impact on Western culture and language is unmistakable, but his works have also been continuously read and performed around the world, illustrating his global significance.  Over the course of this semester, we will attempt to determine why his works have become so widely revered, or why they seem, to quote Ben Jonson, “not for an age, but for all time.” We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with Elizabethan theatre, language, and culture—the world in which Shakespeare lived and breathed.  We will then conduct close readings of a number of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed plays, progressing through his dramatic works by categorizing them in three groups: comedies, tragedies, and histories.  Finally, we will turn to some of his poetry, which Shakespeare (perhaps surprisingly) considered superior to his plays.  By the end of this course, you will have developed a strong understanding of Shakespeare’s works—their style, their linguistic accomplishments, their hallmarks—as well as a working knowledge of the Elizabethan Period in which he wrote.

 Of course, that's Nelson's course- we're going to do other things.

 

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working with wordsTheatre Vocabulary

Complete the gaps with the correct word.

We went to the theatre the other day to see the of Hamlet. Judi Dench was in it, and Jude Law was supposed to be too but apparently he'd hurt his leg so his took over and I think he did a pretty good job.. The they wore were really astonishing and the was incredible- it really looked like 16th century Denmark (as I imagine it). They had some trouble with one or two of the - the sword that Hamlet used in the swordfight broke and a crown fell off the stage but I suppose that's typical of opening nights. Amazingly, one of the actors got - he just stood there, without saying anything so someone had to him from .

What did annoy me a bit was the seating. We were way up high in a so far to one side that I could actually see the actors before they came on. I would have preferred to be down below in the cause you're closer to the stage.

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