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Re: Age of Awareness
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2011  Tuesday, 16 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Melissa Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 09:14:09 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness

[2]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 14:48:41 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness

[3]     From:   Alexander Houck <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 12:49:46 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness

[4]     From:   Stefan Kirby <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 23:51:55 -0800
        Subj:   Shakespeare for Kids


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From:           Melissa Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 09:14:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 10.1997 Age of Awareness
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness

I first became interested in Shakespeare in the first grade when I heard
the third graders reading through MSND and I thought it was funny that
they had a character named Bottom.  I went home and asked my father to
show me some Shakespeare and he pulled out his collection of the BBC
videos and showed me the Tempest.  I've been in love ever since.

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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 14:48:41 -0500
Subject: 10.1997 Age of Awareness
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness

I think we've had this conversation before. In my humble opinion, the
greatest gift one can give a child is to expose the child to great
poetry-and archaic forms-very early, while the brain is still learning
language, and mastering usage. Then, sound patterns have not faded into
background, but are enjoyed for their own sake, and unfamiliar words are
not obstacles, but treasures to be caught up by guesswork and added to
one's growing store.

There were Shakespearean lyrics among the nursery rhymes and psalms and
Victorian nonsense poems my grandmother read to me and I (without
effort) memorized.  Whenever I'm stuck in traffic or subjected to the
dentist's drill, I recite these bits of beauty to myself, and am
transported.

I can recall vividly after fifty years the Shakespeare performances I
saw before I was old enough to go to school.

Like Katy Dickinson, I was

>"interested in Shakespeare during grammar school, very
 >interested in High School, and a zealot by college."

However, I did not ace the one Shakespeare course I took in college.  I
felt as if I "owned" Shakespeare- and a handful of other playwrights of
his era-and I was too passionate about my own opinions to be willing to
adopt the professor's.

Geralyn Horton, Playwright
Newton, Mass. 02460
<http://www.tiac.net/users/ghorton>

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From:           Alexander Houck <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 12:49:46 -0800
Subject: 10.1997 Age of Awareness
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1997 Age of Awareness

My first Shakespearean role was at he ripe age of 6.  I was the
Changling Child in A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Granted, I didn't have
any lines, but it was my first real contact and birth for my interest in
Shakespeare

Alex Houck
Santa Clara University

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From:           Stefan Kirby <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Nov 1999 23:51:55 -0800
Subject:        Shakespeare for Kids

>Is Shakespeare only for the
>intelligent, grown-up, well-read and educated?

When my eldest daughter was an infant, I used to read her to sleep with
Shakespeare. For a long time, it was the only way to get her to sleep.

>I probably should have spent more time dusting off those books (since
>no young people were reading them) while I read L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in
>Time."

I read that book when I was seven.

-Stefan Kirby-
 

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