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As Dead As A Doornail

Here’s part two in a new video series from  BBC Learning English and The Open University called ‘Shakespeare Speaks’. The series celebrates Shakespeare’s use of language with light-hearted video clips that imagine the inspiration for Shakespearean phrases that are still in use today. In today’s video the origin of Shakespeare’s phrase “as dead as a […]

All That Glisters Is Not Gold

Today we’re happy to share the first in a new video series from  BBC Learning English and The Open University called ‘Shakespeare Speaks’. The series celebrates Shakespeare’s use of language with light-hearted video clips that imagine the inspiration for Shakespearean phrases that are still in use today. In today’s video the origin of Shakespeare’s phrase […]

Shakespeare & Caesar

Whatever else William Shakespeare was he was a voracious reader. One thing is certain: there were a few books on his bookshelf that he referred to constantly and which were well thumbed. Among them were all the volumes of Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England Scotland and Ireland, which was a comprehensive history of Britain. On […]

Violence in Macbeth

Macbeth is a prime example of a violent Jacobean drama. As the Elizabethan age gave way to the Jacobean era new young playwrights emerged. They were very much in tune with their sophisticated London audience, who delighted in the spectacle of sex and violence, so Jacobean plays became increasingly sexual and violent. Not only was […]

Shakespeare Calling, The Book!

Our friends over at the Shakespeare Calling blog have just released their Shakespeare ruminations in book format: Why Shakespeare? Who is this Hamlet? Is Lady Macbeth really evil? Can Caliban really be a twitchy speeded Goth freak? What’s so interesting about Lady Blanche, Lucius, Queen Margaret, Cassius, Paulina, Emilia, Celia…? These and many, many more […]

Plagiarizing Shakespeare

Plagiarism was not an issue for Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights, and there wasn’t even any such concept. Writers collaborated on plays without there being any fuss about whose intellectual property the final play was. They also used the stories and even the words of other writers in their plays and that was entirely acceptable at […]

‘I Swear I’ll Make Heaps’… William Shakespeare Anagrams!

We very happily stumbled across the wonderful AnagramGenius website this week, which truly does have some genius anagrams – including a range of Shakespeare anagrams from the ridiculous to the sublime.     ‘William Shakespeare’ is an anagram of: ‘Hear me as I will speak’ ‘I swear I’ll make heaps’ …and perhaps our favourite, ‘We shall […]

Top Love Quotes By Writers

Whilst there’s no doubt Shakespeare could always write a great quote about love, many famous writers down the years have done the same. In this blog post we’ve pulled together the top love quotes by famous writers, whether written or spoken:   “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for […]