Bert Bates wrote:I'm fascinated with the origin of common phrases, and I think that lots of phrases that are still in use today are thought to have been coined by Shakespeare
ROMEO wrote: Why, then is my pump well flower'd.
Arun Kumar wrote:Romeo and Juliet(I have never seen the play or movie) I have a vivid description created by my own imagination
Arun Kumar wrote:but in case of Harry Potter , when ever I think of him the only image that comes to my mind is that of Daniel Radcliffe, the images of the wild creatures like Dementours are imprinted on my mind leaving little room for any imagination(I saw the movie before reading the book)
College courses in film or music appreciation are basically for student entertainment. That's why they don't lead to job qualifications.
fred rosenberger wrote:ok... my broader point really has nothing to do with specifically Shakespeare, but with plays in general. It just so happens that the most commonly read plays are his.
If you were going to teach someone about classical music, would you really hand them sheet music? Would you spend days or weeks or months talking about how F# minor is really the saddest of all keys, and why? Would you spend hours debating why 3/4 time is superior to 6/8 time?
or would you just PLAY THE FRAKIN' piece? Would you play maybe one movement, then discuss it?
How many of us have taken a film studies class? Did you read the scripts, or did you watch the movie?
I think the same thing should be done for plays. Watch a scene, discuss it, re-watch it, discuss some more.
Frank Silbermann wrote:I think it's kind of useless to see a Shakespeare play without having first studied it. What good is sitting through a play that is in a foreign language?
fred rosenberger wrote:
In my mind, it would be like having a music appreciation class, and handing the students the sheet music for Hanel's "Messiah", or giving an Art History student the printed binary file of a .jpg of "Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo". Unless you have a LOT of practice, it's about impossible to convert what you see printed on the page to actually having the experience.
99% of High school students do not have the ability to do this. Heck, I'd say that 99% of the population at large can't read a play and get the full, true experience of seeing it live.
So, Shakespeare should be banned from English Lit classes, unless you are watching and discussing a performance.