I spent the day at a draft horse show (and now look like a lobster), so expect a great deal more draft horse pics in the future.
Ya know, I don’t get why schools insist on teching Shakespeare in Old English. Why can’t kids read a version that is translated into modern English? I know I hated Shakespeare in high school, because I could never understand it. I constantly had to look at footnotes and ask what things meant and…
Shakespeare wrote in modern English, actually. Yes, it’s a far cry from the English spoken today, but the other forms of English (Middle and Old) are actually quite different. As an example of Middle English, there is Robert Burns, a Scottish poet. (I THINK he was Middle English, but I could be wrong. I’ve read very little of his poetry. If I’m wrong then he’s probably modern as well.) I don’t have any examples of Old English, but it looks like a foreign language, more like Gaelic than English (though English is a Germanic language, so I’ve always been surprised that, to me, it looks more like Gaelic). Middle and Old English are much older than Elizabethan times, which, as they relate to language, are considered modern, as I said before. Today you can learn Middle and Old like they’re foreign languages (usually in university). It’s pretty cool. As added trivia, JRR Tolkien was fluent in both Old and Middle English. (No surprise really, because he was a linguist; he created his own languages as well. Although he detested French. XD)
I won’t comment on your other point, as I myself prefer the poetry the translations rather ruin, but have had to use translations a few times. But I just thought you should know it’s actually modern, because….well, it’s kind of a pet peeve of mine when people say “Old English” in regards to Shakespeare, so allow me my nerdiness. :)
Oh, my mistake. I didn’t know that. I just sort of assumed that it was Old English since it doesn’t sound a whole lot like today’s language to me personally. (Guess I proved what they say about assuming, right?) Thanks for info, I just learned something new today. :)
Ya know, I don’t get why schools insist on teching Shakespeare in Old English. Why can’t kids read a version that is translated into modern English? I know I hated Shakespeare in high school, because I could never understand it. I constantly had to look at footnotes and ask what things meant and it took me forever to read just a few pages. Would it really be so bad to let kids read it in a modern vernacular? Chances are they would become more interested in the stories and comprehension of the plot would go up. And isn’t that kinda the point of English classes? To enjoy and discuss literature?
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Because I always get super distracted by their hotness and when I try to talk it all comes out as gibberish. And then I look like a drooling idiot. FML
There should be a tumblr just for Sams fantastic forelock
I would follow that blog. That horse’s hair is more fabulous than mine.