The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0269 Thursday, 13 February 2003
From: Graham Hall <
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 16:57:25 +0000
Subject: Well said, Brazon-face
The extraordinary attitude to Shakespeare by U.K. Eng. Lit. exam setters
reported on this list by others may ultimately have a disastrous effect
on the already declining birth rate in our small island.
When it comes to recycling the same material, exploiters of
Shakespeare's work are rivalled only by those of The Beatles. A recent
output by the former is "reported and tested" by a British tabloid. This
is a book on "The Bard's Chat Up lines". Two junior reporters -one of
either sex -were sent out recently into the pubs and clubs of London
dressed as "Elizabethans" and instructed to try out some samples from
the book on members of the opposite sex to effect a "pull".
Most of the article is beyond my comprehension but from what I can
fathom they were rather unlucky in the "pulling" department. What does
this say about the current state of young Britons' knowledge of
Shakespeare? How are they to get together and make babies when even this
approach fails? Will the new exam system not exacerbate the problem?
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