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October 13, 2013

If Shakespeare Wrote Star Wars

I tell my students that audience and purpose help define a writing style. This is true, but it also true that some writers - or eras - have their own clearly defined and recognizable style.

Shakespeare (or at least his style) is readily recognized, but what if Shakespeare had written a contemporary screenplay?

Take a look here and tell me...

...what you think of this version of Stars Wars written in Shakespeare's unmistakable style - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/07/william-shakespeare-star-wars/?utm_content=bufferca3bb&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer.

Consider this excerpt - “In time so long ago begins our play / In star-crossed galaxy far, far away.”

And yes, there is more.

In fact there is much more at this website. I think all teachers, learners and curious people will find much to savor and consider at this blog packed with all sorts of 'interestingness'.

Start (and subscribe) here - http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/about/.

Playing with, and practicing writing in, different literary styles can be a lot of fun and can shed much understanding on the style which prevails in certain eras - including the current one. We, of our era, may not recognize our own style, but future generations will. I just hope our style is one that makes sense or even matters a generation or two from now.

I have heard some commentators who say that blogs will not exist 10 years from now.

It is my hope that our style will be as enduring as the Bard's.

Send me any language usages or writing strategies that you find useful, and be sure to let me know what it is about language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at October 13, 2013 07:58 PM

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