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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1449  Saturday, 3 September 2005

From: 		Alan Horn <
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Date: 		Friday, 2 Sep 2005 20:33:41 EDT
Subject: 	Shakespeare was, like, the ultimate rapper

As an English teacher, I have to make The Bard resonate with today's 
youth. I get the same questions every year: "Shakespeare? What does this 
dead white guy have to do with me? He doesn't know where I come from, 
what I'm all about.  He's not from the streets."

Well, what's totally fresh about Shakespeare is that he wrote for 
ordinary people. His homies. My students say, "Then why did he write in 
this snooty poetry that no one can understand?" Well, that's just it. 
His poetry was the best street rhyming of his time. And Shakespeare was 
the best "player" of them all!  Even today, 400 years later, Shakespeare 
is the world's ultimate rapper!

...more at:  http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39694

Alan Horn

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