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  •  Actually Shakespeare (none)
    didn't really talk like that.   That's poetic phrasing and it's often modeled after the classics with latinate phrasing.  If you read Milton's prose you can see it's pretty modern English as would be Shakespeare's if he'd written something other than plays.  But I do agree studying German would be helpful for Chaucer or maybe something older like "Gawain" or "Beowulf."

    "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." -Milton "Paradise Lost"

    Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.

    by mismolly on Wed Apr 20, 2005 at 07:32:09 PM PDT

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    •  Shakespeare (none)
      introduced a fair amount of prose into his plays as well. It's not all iambic pentameter.
      •  Earlier (none)
        works of Shakespeare's are also a lot easier to read.  His history plays and "Taming of the Shrew" for instance resemble our modern English more than later plays as he refined his style.

        Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know. - John Keats "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

        by mismolly on Wed Apr 20, 2005 at 07:50:57 PM PDT

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