I’ve become intrigued by an app that hasn’t even been invented yet. It proposes to offer a way into Shakespeare for the youngest users through music. It’s called Kinderbard and it’s the project-in-development of self-described “Shakespeare geek” Daeshin Kim. ...more
Welcome back to another poetry form. In honour of NaBloPoMo's April theme -- POEM -- as well as National Poetry Month, we're trying our hand at four types of fixed form poems. Fixed form poetry is meant to free the mind by providing a structure much in the same way a house frees the person who lives inside to focus on things other than the elements outside. The third form we're going to look at is the sonnet.
Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters is the story of three lost women. Rose, Bean and Cordy were named after Shakespearian characters and raised in a household where the Bard ruled all. They spend their lives attempting to both live up to and defy the roles that where laid out for them. As all three are pulled home by their mother's illness, they start to learn that sometimes you need to go home before you can move forward.
The semester is three weeks old.So far, my classes have been very nice. Not the Shakespearian "nice," but "nice" in its modern context. I like to begin the semester as I like to end the semester - by making connections. Connections are, after all, what education is all about. Since I teach grammar and writing, we make connections about everything. There are no limits. This is, of course, how all courses should be, but they never are. This is the teacher's fault, by the way....more
"God writes a lot of comedy", Garrison Keillor wrote, "..the trouble is, He's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny."So true!Whenever I teach an acting class, or seminars, or what have you, the first thing I tell wanna-be actors is that there are two things they need to learn to do well: Shakespeare and Comedy--with the ultimate test being a Shakespearean Comedy. Goooooood luck! That, my friend, is the ultimate test.Nope. Scratch that....more