The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1449 Saturday, 3 September 2005
From: Alan Horn <
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
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