When Callie Feyen teaches Romeo and Juliet, she uses the Oxford Press edition, and it is this one-sentence paragraph she makes sure the students discuss: “And then she meets Romeo.”
“The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606” by James Shapiro is a masterful re-creation of a critical year in the life of William Shakespeare.
This week’s poetry prompt is for Fools. Put on your Jester hat and join us for some poetic and witty commentary in the style of the Shakespearean Fool.
Odds are Shakespeare wrote far more than 154 sonnets. But of the 154 that have survived, here are 10 of our favorite Shakespeare sonnets.
Come write with us for a ballad poetry prompt or a sonnet poetry prompt, with Shakespeare as our guide.
Strangeness arrests. It can cause inquiry, new vision, fear, a will to act (or not act). Let’s harness the power of strangeness in this week’s prompt.
Did William Shakespeare make a bad plot choice in Hamlet? Why does Hamlet wait to kill the king? To answer the question, one must understand the play’s nature.
Dream a little dream with us, in this Shakespeare poetry prompt. You can deny what the poem means, if anything at all. That’s the beauty of a dream.
We kick off the release of our 2015 Take Your Poet to Work Day poets collection with the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.
From Natalie Merchant to Duke Ellington, we’ve got a Shakespeare playlist that brings to life the famous playwright and poet, plus a few unexpected tunes.
In this classic Shakespeare play, if no one knew what the Macbeths had done, all they need do is look to the air, the earth, animals, sleep, and dreams. Check out this intriguing analysis of order and disorder in Macbeth.
Figuring sanity or insanity isn’t simple from the outside. Was Hamlet insane? That depends on your definition of insanity and the importance of love ties.
The Shakespeare Files is a collection of annotations and exclamations on the poetry of William Shakespeare. Today, it’s Shakespeare’s Sonnet 104.
Was Shakespeare ahead of his time, in his portrayal of the characters in Romeo and Juliet? A close reading of the play contains the answer.
We have no super-secret algorithms but through a process that’s one part data, one part intuition, one part special sauce, we’ve gathered the 10 most popular posts in the Tweetspeak archives (from all time).
Those who write about Shakespeare often miss that his work pulls from humble origins and great achievements to reflect the universals of the human condition. Both his life and his works mirror the highs and lows of the age and its people.
Engage with poems from the Common Core with a dose of humor, beginning with our Picture Poems. This week we consider Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73.
Annotations and exclamations on the poetry of William Shakespeare. First up in the Shakespeare Files: Sonnet 116.