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Pronouncing Shakespeare

Now for something utterly substantial . . .

A short glimpse into the world of Shakespeare using original pronunciation that brings the genius of the text to light in a wholly, and altogether buoyant, manner. For example:

‘From forth the fatal loins [lines] of these two foes . . .’

And one they don’t mention, but which stands out all too clear after their reading:

‘Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips [leaps] and cheeks [checks] Within his bending sickle’s compass come, Love alters not with his brief hours [oars / whores?] and weeks [wakes] . . .’

It takes some digging to bring out the sprite in the original text; that and some love for the craft, for the immortal lines which, to this day, persist, playing a part in our lives.

‘. . . Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom [dom].’

From the bays of Pearl Coast,

Fish a ton of oysters, strike a shiny pearl.

PS – Who knew that early modern English sounded a lot like postmodern Irish?

Also, click here for more details:

http://www.openculture.com/…/what-shakespeare-sounded-like-…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s

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