Shakespearean dating tips – Anthony John Peters.LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ
Beyond giving the world dozens of English language masterpieces and inventing countless words (including the word countless), William Shakespeare, ever the overachieving bard, especially had a way with the romantic turn of phrase. Anthony John Peters explains why Shakespeare’s coy use of metaphor was so effective — and may just help you get a date today.
Now test yourself:
What are the common student responses to Shakespearean plays in the 21st Century?
A. crying, screaming and shouting
B. groans, moans, devastated looks and chair throwing
C. smiles, laughter and excitement
Which phrase did Shakespeare not invent?
A. foul play
B. to be in a pickle
C. you are as beautiful as this hour
D. she doth teach the torches to burn bright
Which three poetic devices are used in the Shakespeare animation?
A. personification, metaphor, simile
B. ambiguity, onomatopoeia and assonance
C. alliteration, personification and metaphor
D. metaphor, simile and complex metaphor
Open response question:
Using Shakespearean phrases to get a date was considered very polite and romantic in the 16th and 17th Centuries. What polite language phrases are used to get a date in modern society?
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