Do you need to study Shakespeare but don't know where to begin? Our step-by-step study Shakespeare guide contains everything you need to know to read and understand the plays and sonnets.
We guide you through step-by-step and build your essential understanding of the Bard and provide you with helpful study Shakespeare resources along the way.
For many, language is the biggest barrier in understanding Shakespeare. Bizarre words like “Methinks” and “Peradventure” can cause problems - but this handy modern translation of the top 10 most common Shakespearian words and phrases will help you overcome your confusion.
Iambic pentameter need not be scary! This straightforward guide reveals the main features of Shakespeare's most commonly used meter.
The idea of performing a Shakespeare speech fills many young actors with fear. However, you should remember that Shakespeare was an actor himself and wrote for fellow performers. Forget criticism and textual analysis because everything an actor needs is right there in the dialogue – you just need to know what you’re looking for.
Now you know what iambic pentameter is and how to read Shakespeare aloud, you're ready to put the two together and start speaking Shakespearean Verse. This will help you really get to grips with Shakespeare’s language.
In order to study Shakespeare's sonnets, you need to know the defining features of a sonnet. Shakespeare’s sonnets are written in a strict poetic form that was very popular during his lifetime. Broadly speaking, each sonnet engages images and sounds to present an argument to the reader, as this guide reveals.
You are now ready to start studying Shakespeare’s plays. This set of play study guides will provide you with all the essential information you need to study and explore Shakespeare’s most popular texts including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth. Good luck and enjoy!