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Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0395  Saturday, 12 July 2008

[1] From:   Jason Rhode <
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     Date:   Friday, 11 Jul 2008 01:10:35 -0500
     Subt:   Re: SHK 19.0389 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare

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     Date:   Friday, 11 Jul 2008 12:10:20 +0100
     Subt:   SHK 19.0383 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare

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     Date:   Friday, 11 Jul 2008 12:06:44 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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From:       Jason Rhode <
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Date:       Friday, 11 Jul 2008 01:10:35 -0500
Subject: 19.0389 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0389 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare

"Titus for Tots"

"Weeago"

"Kid Lear"

"Timon (But no Pumba)"

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From:       Terence Hawkes <
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Date:       Friday, 11 Jul 2008 12:10:20 +0100
Subject: Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare
Comment:    SHK 19.0383 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare

Why on earth should five year olds bother to study Shakespeare? The essence of a 
number of plays, such as  King Lear or Cymbeline already appear throughout the 
UK in productions specially designed for children. They  are called Pantomimes. 
As Cinderella or Snow White amongst others, they swamp our theatres from 
December until February. They are hugely popular. Needless to say, most are far 
more nourishing than the tedious fare offered at Stratford or the Globe.

T. Hawkes

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Date:       Friday, 11 Jul 2008 12:06:44 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Subject: 19.0389 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0389 Five-year-olds to Study Shakespeare

I was five years old when I first encountered Shakespeare in the theatre. It was 
a indelible experience. I decided then and there that I wanted to see 
Shakespeare, and to read the plays myself. My parents and my grandmother 
encouraged my interest although they did not share it.

Of course strange archaic language was more widely available to children in the 
1940s, in _Mother Goose_ and fairy tales and the _King James Bible_ and _Tales 
of King Arthur and his Noble Knights_. Mysterious and magic sounding syllables 
were attractive to me, and I happily learned them by heart in the confidence 
that their meaning would become clear as the world they described became more 
familiar.

I notice that some of the kids who play "Swords and Sorcery" computer games 
today delight in the specialized language and compose in it with pleasure, 
although others prefer the stripped down colloquialisms of txt messaging.


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