Shakespeare's language

Chuk Iwuji as Henry VI

If Shakespeare played a major role in the transformation of English drama and theatre he did no less for the English language.

Download this document for a brief explanation of how Shakespeare's language works, together with descriptions of some of the major tools of his art. This document is designed as a resource for teachers which can be adapted to use with your students. 

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You can find out more about Shakespeare's language using the links below:

The First Folio »

Specialist language: medical, legal, military »

Slang and sexual meanings »

Multiple meanings »

Contextual material »

Historical, classical, literary and biblical references »

Names »

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