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Why Study Shakespeare’s Works

 

Shakespeare is not a dead poet who lived long ago, but a breathing spirit thrusting himself into our everyday lives. In all countries of the world, in all languages, Shakespeare continues to speak profoundly to mankind.

His poems and plays have made him an immortal in literature, but not because they are scholarly. He knew human life and human passion intimately, and told about them in a sensitive, lively and intelligible way.

Shakespeare, like us, lived in troubled years. Between 1564 and 1616 much of Europe was ravaged by war, cruelty, self-seeking, loneliness and thoughts too strong to be expressed by ordinary people.

Shakespeare came on the scene when a blending force was needed. Eight of his ten history plays present a sequence of wars in Europe and the civil war at home, covering a century of intrigue and armed rebellion. These hearty tales of adventure and glory were calculated to inspire Elizabeth's l people in their new role as a world nation.

Physical glories were relatively rare, but the spirit of art and of language was fertile.

It was Shakespeare who put into words, in dramatized form, the feelings, hopes, fears, frustrations and triumphs of the people of that age.

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This is the material about English Renaissance and pre-Shakespearean poets.
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Some extracts from ballads about Robin Hood
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...Eleanor's life "revealed the truth of a prophecy which had puzzled all by its obscurity: 'The eagle of the broken bond shall rejoice in the third nestling.' They called the queen the eagle because she stretched out her wings, as it were, over two kingdoms - France and England. She had been separated from her French relatives through divorce, while the English had separated her from her marriage bed by confining her to prison . . . Richard, her third son - and thus the third nestling - was the one who would raise his mother's name to great glory."

 

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Lord Randall.
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Literature of the XV C. Thomas Malory. Morte D’Arthur.

Medieval English Ballads.

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Read the Quotations in Russian and learn them by heart.
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Canterbury Tales Prologue in Middle English and translated into Russian by I.Kashkin,one of the greatest translators.
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Canterbury Tales Summary in Russian
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