to read Shakespearean lines
FRIAR: Come is the bride ready to go to the church?
CAPULET: Ready to go, but never to return,
O son, the night before thy wedding day
Hath Death lain with thy wife. See,
there she lies,
Flower as she was, deflowered by him.
Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir.
My daughter he hath wedded. I will die,
And leave him all. Life,
living, all is Death’s
PARIS: Have I thought long to see this morning’s face,
And doth it give me such a sight as this?
Tips for reading
attention to punctuation
Commas = pause
Periods = pause
Question marks = change in inflection
attention to lie ending: if there is no punctuation, do not pause
the tone of voice that should be used to express the emotion of the line
pace as necessary
glossary to clarify the meaning of unknown words
among the group to clarify poetic lines/metaphorical meanings
word order, syntax: sometimes the word order is unlike contemporary English but
the meaning is the same.