100 Days of Art – Day 18: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Shakespeare was not nearly as prim and proper as we think. In fact, much was written in what would today be called blue-collar accents. Click on the link below to listen to the 14-minute interview. (Check out the Studio 360 article for the full interview.)

Interview (click to open sound file):


William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 (©Library of the University of California, Los Angeles)
(Edited this to add a YouTube video for those of you wedded to sight and not sound.)

8 thoughts on “100 Days of Art – Day 18: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

  1. I spent a lot of time interpreting Shakespeare with emergent actors, and always we concluded that he was a dirty old bugger.. that is why we adored working with his words. It was all about Bums on Seats. I walked past the Globe dozens of times but never went in.. terrible.. thanks my friend.. c


  2. Listening to that was great. David Crystal is brilliant, I have a couple of his books. Kinda reminds me why I love learning about language and linguistics. Shame I won’t be continuing with the degree in a way.


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