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Thread #86624   Message #1613010
Posted By: Peace
24-Nov-05 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: shakespeare
Subject: RE: shakespeare
The student statement that bugs me more than any other: "I don't get it".

My usual response are words to the effect that the author is writing in English and s/he is not intentionally hiding anything. Somewhere along the line we have taught kids (and judging by the posts, one or two adults) that lyrics will jump off the page of their own volition and say, THIS IS WHAT I MEAN. Shakespeare wrote in Modern English. Heck, even the Middle English of Chaucer is fairly simple. I could understand if the text was in Old English. However, on occasion when I have read The Lord's Prayer to students, they have basically understood.

"Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum; Si þin nama gehalgod to becume þin rice gewurþe ðin willa on eorðan swa swa on heofonum. urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg and forgyf us ure gyltas swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge ac alys us of yfele soþlice."

or

The Lord's Prayer in Old English
Matthew 6:9-13.
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Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum; [59k] Father our thou that art in heavens
Si þin nama gehalgod [44k] be thy name hallowed
to becume þin rice [37k] come thy kingdom
gewurþe ðin willa [43k] be-done thy will
on eorðan swa swa on heofonum. [53k] on earth as in heavens
urne gedæghwamlican hlaf syle us todæg [68k] our daily bread give us today
and forgyf us ure gyltas [55k] and forgive us our sins
swa swa we forgyfað urum gyltendum [65k] as we forgive those-who-have-sinned-against-us
and ne gelæd þu us on costnunge [57k] and not lead thou us into temptation
ac alys us of yfele soþlice [69k] but deliver us from evil. truly.

Let's stop making EVERYTHING easy.