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Using the word Shakespeare within any classroom in the 21st century has become almost as dangerous for teachers as putting balloons in a toaster.
After uttering this simple word, the common teacher is met with a mass of groans, moans, devastated looks, and the occasional chair tossed in his or her direction.
But Shakespearean works are not boring, confusing, long and painful plays written more than 400 years ago.
They're adventures relating to the extremities of human nature: love, hate, jealousy, zealous ambition, fear, mistrust, deception, and murder.
We owe much of our own language to his invention.
He invented over 2,000 words for use in his plays, which still remain in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Words like "countless" and "assassination" as well as phrases like "one fell swoop," "foul play ," and even "to be in a pickle" all originated from William's brilliant brain.
And there are many echoes of Shakespeare's romantic language too.
If you read Romeo and Juliet, you'll come across sentences like, "She doth teach the torches to burn bright," and, "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows."
Both are quite clever metaphors, suggesting that Juliet is both exceptionally beautiful and far more so than anyone else.
"For thou art as glorious to this night, being o'er my head, as is a winged messenger of heaven," is a simile suggesting angelic qualities of the lady in question.
This is not too different from today's comments like, "Hey, beautiful!" and, "You're the hottest girl in the room."
Shakespeare also uses slightly more complex metaphors to describe the intentions of a mischievous man.
For instance, "This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss," essentially means, "I wish to kiss you."
Such male intentions were not limited to simple pecks on the cheek either.
An intentional ambiguity was often used as a cheeky means to proposition marriage or a more intimate relationship.
Therefore, instead of viewing Shakespearean works as out-dated, boring, and unhelpful, start reading today and discover the best ways to get the one you love to love you back.



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