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Wm. Shakespeare

Last night we watched our new DVD of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Kevin Kline, Rupert Everett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, and Calista Flockhart among others. I enjoyed it a lot the first time I saw it, years ago, so when we saw the DVD for about US$6 I had to pick it up. What a fun story!

Every time I watch a production of a Shakepearean play, I experience the same sort of weird language-comprehension phenomenon. For the first twenty minutes or so, I have to struggle to figure out what's being said. Shakespearean English is wonderful, but it's not what I'm used to, so it takes a while for my brain to unravel it. But after a while, the Shakespeare bit of my brain has warmed up and I find myself perfectly able to understand everything being said without any trouble. Then the play ends, and that bit of my brain turns off until the next time I see a performance, when it has to warm up again.

Does anyone else experience this Shakespearean-English comprehension adaptation thing?

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jrw
Aug. 5th, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yes.
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