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Speaking the Verse
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 214.  Friday, 2 April 1993.
From:           Timothy Pinnow <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Apr 93 11:37:51 CST
Subject:        Speaking the Verse
In reply to Damon's query:
I would suggest several books and several optional ideas (depending how in
depth you would like your investigation of the text to be--some of us spend
our most of our waking hours trying to turn the bard's words into the
richest possible performance).  I would first look at a little known book by
E.S. Brubaker called *Shakespeare Aloud.* It is a sound introduction to the
aural elements of performance.  From there, work your way into Kristin
Linklater's *Freeing Shakespeare's Voice.*  If you really want to do some
interesting digging, find a Norton facsimile of the First Folio and peruse
the punctuation, spelling, and capitalization--there is a wealth of how to
speak the words in there--it will almost do it all for you.  Then there is
the meaning of the words in historical context to be found in the Oxford
English Dictionary.  Finally, you have to treat the words like a foregin
language.  Learn to think iambic pentameter so that the character would
naturally say those words just that way.  And right about now I bet you
wished that you never asked that question!!  If you want some further ideas
you can contact me directly.  And to think I normally spend a whole
semester trying to teach students what I just wrote in one badly written
paragraph--who'd a thunk it?
Good Luck,
                                            Timothy Dayne Pinnow
                                            Ass't. Prof. of Theatre
                                            St. Olaf College
                                            1520 St. Olaf Ave
                                            Northfield MN  55057
                                            ph. 507/646-3327
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