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Merlion-Emrys
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I've always wondered, is it considered "best" to read Shakespear's work in the original play-form or are their what's considered to be accurate versions translated into straightforward prose form?
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Meredith
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I would start by reading at least one of the plays. You'll find that you adapt to the rhythm and the language faster than you think.
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Robert Nowall
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Really, they're meant to be seen...find a good production of one and go to it. Or a good movie version, or that PBS series that ran back in the 1980s...
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Crystal Stevens
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I agree with Robert in this respect. I hated reading Shakespear in school. Then our high school English teacher took us to the college to see professional actors put on "A Midsummer Night's Dream". WOW!!! I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.

Yes, by all means if you ever get a chance to see Shakespear live on stage; I highly recommend it.

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JenniferHicks
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I've never heard of translated prose forms of Shakespeare's work. I enjoy reading the plays, but it is best to watch them. For your free viewing pleasure, PBS has one of the better versions of Hamlet I've ever seen up on its website. It stars David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.
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Except for the time it takes, why not do both? Read and watch.
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