Shakespeare's Language: A Glossary of Unfamiliar Words in His Plays and Poems
It is said that England and America are two nations separated by a common language, and nowhere is that more true than in our dealings with the Bard. ... Show synopsis It is said that England and America are two nations separated by a common language, and nowhere is that more true than in our dealings with the Bard. Rife with arcane references, unfamiliar expressions, and even made-up words, Shakespeare's texts can intimidate even the most learned reader. Here in one comprehensive volume, Shakespeare's ornate and sometimes bewildering language is made easy to understand. Among the 15,000 entries are: -- Definitions of words as they are used in the texts -- it is not necessary to know the infinitive or root of a word to find its meaning -- A quote placing each defined word or phrase in context so users can be sure of its correct usage -- Geographical references, historical and mythological figures, and foreign-language expressions. Shakespeare's Language is an invaluable desktop resource for students, researchers, and anyone interested in making sense of one of the world's greatest playwrights. Newcomers will be grateful for its clarity; experts will be impressed by its scope and scholarship.