ENG 2D: Just Like Shakespeare

Ladies and gents,

We are getting closer to our study of Macbeth. To prepare you for its brilliance (and its complex language), I want you to attempt some Shakespearean language of your own.

First, write a detailed paragraph explaining the best moment of the summer. Tell us in great detail what made it so great (as long as it is the sort of thing that is appropriate for class). If you want to choose a different topic (the plot of your favorite movie, for example) go ahead.

Next, rewrite the paragraph using the following guidelines:

  • Use inverted syntax. Basically, you need to invert the order of your words, just like Yoda. Here is an example: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.
  • Once in a while, use fancy words to describe something relatively simple. For example, the sun didn’t shine; instead, the golden orb warmed the green earth. The music didn’t just play; the sweet notes from heaven’s harps filled the air

Tomorrow,, we will use Shakespearean insults to make you more comfortable with his word choice. I hope you are ready to act…


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