Reading, Speaking and Enjoying ShakespearePresentation Transcript
Speaking, Reading and Enjoying Shakespeare An Elizabethan guide to acting, language, and punctuation
“ I AM…”
I AM I AM I AM I AM I AM
“ I a m a p i r a t e w i t h a w o o d e n l e g . ”
I AM a PI rate WITH a WOOD en LEG
But soft: what light through yonder window breaks?
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
I’m hungry. Is it almost time for lunch?
Not yet – the soup is heating on the stove.
a. The measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line.
b. A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter, determined by the kind and number of metrical units in a line.
c. The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.
a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or
accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable
How do I speak this?
Breaths come after a line, never in
the middle of one
So, this means that I treat each
line as the punctuation?
Do I need to breathe after every
No , you must Suspend the
Thought at the end of the line
(without a period) and
keep the intensity of the line but
you needn’t breath.
Commas = little speed
bumps (a pause but
with a slight lift)
Colons = The statement
following the colon is one
step up from the statement
preceding the colon
Semi-colons = a “passionate
burst of vocal energy”
What do we assume this character is saying?
ARIEL Not a soul But felt a fever of the mad and play'd Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel Then all afire with me the king's son, Ferdinand, With hair up standing, then like reeds not hair, Was the first man that leap'd; cried, 'Hell is empty And all the devils are here.'
So, what does this mean?
We, as an audience or
reader, can interpret a
through the line breaks
Question the Punctuation!
Modern editors add punctuation to text to “help” readers interpret Shakespeare’s intentions.
Sometimes, however, the editors add a layer of meaning that may be more theirs than Shakespeare's.
What do I mean?
What about the spelling?
When we look at the first folio, we can see that words are spelled strangely? Why?
First, Shakespeare is credited with creating over 1700 words!
Additionally, Shakespeare used spelling to help guide both actors and audience reaction.
What do I mean?
Spelling/Capitalization in the first folio
1159: Iago. If I can fasten but one Cup vpon him 1160: With that which he hath drunke to night alreadie, 1161: He'l be as full of Quarrell, and offence 1162: As my yong Mistris dogge. 1163: Now my sicke Foole Rodorigo , 1164: Whom Loue hath turn'd almost the wrong side out, 1165: To Desdemona hath to night Carrows'd. 1166: Potations, pottle-deepe; and he's to watch. 1167: Three else of Cyprus, Noble swelling Spirites, 1168: (That hold their Honours in a wary distance, 1169: The very Elements of this Warrelike Isle) 1170: Haue I to night fluster'd with flowing Cups, 1171: And they Watch too. 1172: Now 'mongst this Flocke of drunkards 1173: Am I put to our Cassio in some Action 1174: That may offend the Isle. But here they come.
The same scene?
ARIEL Not a soul But felt a fever of the mad and play'd Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel, Then all afire with me: the king's son, Ferdinand, With hair up-staring,--then like reeds, not hair,-- Was the first man that leap'd; cried, 'Hell is empty And all the devils are here.'
Ar. Not a soule 323: But felt a Feauer of the madde, and plaid 324: Some tricks of desperation; all but Mariners 325: Plung'd in the foaming bryne, and quit the vessell; 326: Then all a fire with me the Kings sonne Ferdinand 327: With haire vp-staring (then like reeds, not haire) 328: Was the first man that leapt; cride hell is empty, 329: And all the Diuels are heere.
Fun with language
Shakespeare loves to play with words.
In Romeo and Juliet , we see this in the puns- especially among young male characters!
Not Rated G
If you think something might have a dirty meaning…chances are you’re RIGHT!!!
Why? Because you have a teenage mind-NO.
The audiences at the Globe
The Globe Theatre wasn’t just the rich
Many of the people attending the theatre may have been illiterate.