Shakespeare: His Language and Poetry

Shakespeare: His Language and Poetry

Why tune in?

A poetry workshop was hosted on the Bard's Birthday by Dr Anjna Chouhan of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The workshop is suitable for students aged 14-19, and includes the following elements:

  • Shakespeare and Theatre: Exploring the language of Shakespeare and how that language is fundamental to theatre and drama.
  • Breaking down verse: Identifying the tone and message of different passages of text and looking at how that message is informed by the structure.

Examples are taken from a number of texts, including: Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Love's Labour's Lost and As You Like It.

Shakespeare: His language and poetry - full list of resources for the lesson

About our guest:

Anjna Chouhan is lecturer in Shakespeare studies at the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust.

Related resources:

Visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's profile on TES.

More resources:

Reading Shakespeare

  • An introduction to Shakespeare's language.

Shakespeare's language techniques

  • This PowerPoint from TES English provides an excellent guide to Shakespeare's use of language.

Shakespeare's language: Finding the clues

  • This resource from the Royal Shakespeare Company provides an explanation of how Shakespeare's language works, with descriptions of the major tools of his art.

Shakespeare's dramatic language

  • This PowerPoint lesson plan includes a wealth of information about the linguistic devises and poetic techniques employed by Shakespeare.

The language of Shakespeare's sonnets

  • series of lessons exploring Shakespeare's sonnets and his use of language.

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