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Notes on four words in Twelfth Night

12 September 2017

[I wrote this a few weeks ago, and have been meaning to come back and edit it since then: to tamp down on some of the more effusive enthusiasm, to prune some of the more indulgent sentences....

What does the Prologue say?

15 March 2016

I taught Romeo and Juliet again this fall in ninth-grade English, after a bit of internal argument: should I choose a different play? Was I in danger of “phoning in” my...

The Cumberbatch Hamlet and the missing rogue’s gallery

17 October 2015

Like many, many other people (judging from buzz and cinema ticket sales), on Thursday night I went to see the Barbican’s recent production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch...

Want a really authentic Shakespeare experience? Try not understanding some words!

8 October 2015

At our recent Back-to-School Night, the parent of a former student wanted to know what I thought of a recent article he’d read about whether Shakespeare’s language should...