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Shakespeare: A Beginner's Guide

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Whether the fault of tedious teachers or hammy actors, Shakespeare is often seen as dry and impenetrable. In this fast-paced introduction, Ros King sets out to remind us of the sheer beauty and sophistication that can make Shakespeare’s works a joy for any audience. Exploring his invention, wit, along with his uncanny characterisation, King argues archaic language should b ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Oneworld Publications
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Jul 15, 2013 Beth rated it liked it
This was a good basic book, with plenty of details to inspire further reading, and with nicely spaced extended examples so that those details aren't overwhelming.

I especially enjoyed the chapter on reading Shakespeare. It gave a good understanding to this poetry ignoramus of the interaction of sounds, meter, and meaning, and also how even something as seemingly small as a colon, or a line spoken instead of interpreted as a stage direction (!), can change the sense of a scene.

One thing Ms. King
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Jun 05, 2015 Helen Mears rated it really liked it
Picked this one up purely on the basis of the back cover blurb - "Whether the fault of dreary teachers or hammy actors, Shakespeare is often seen as dry and impenetrable... Ros King sets out to remind us of the sheer beauty and sophistication that make Shakespeare's work a joy for any audience."

This is so much more than a beginner's guide with some interesting analysis of such things as the "upstart crow" comment, Shakespeare and the business of Elizabethan theatre and plot, genre and character
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Didn't find this especially riveting or useful but did read parts and skimmed the rest. Good index and further reading guide could be useful but otherwise did not inspire me.
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