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Re: Shakespeare J'accuse (the Independent)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0995  Tuesday, 1 May 2001

From:           David Nicol <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Apr 2001 14:52:18
Subject: 12.0972 Re: Shakespeare J'accuse (the Independent)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0972 Re: Shakespeare J'accuse (the Independent)

Sam Small wrote,

>The whole question of translating Shakespeare
>into English is one that I would love to investigate.  Can it be done?

When I was doing my GCSE's, we used an edition of 'Macbeth' that had
Shakespeare's text on the left-hand page and a modernised prose version
of the language on the right.

Although it sounds like 'dumbing down', I think the edition may have had
some positive effects on my understanding of Shakespeare. Despite being
highly suspicious of 'poetry' at the age of twelve, I remember being
able to see that Shakespeare's writing was more interesting than the
bland prose version. I also suspect that without the prose version I
would have struggled to understand the blank verse.

Does anyone know if these texts are still being used in schools? And are
they a good thing or a bad thing...?

David Nicol

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