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Thread #86624   Message #1613010
Posted By: Peace
24-Nov-05 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: shakespeare
Subject: RE: shakespeare
The student statement that bugs me more than any other: "I don't get it".

My usual response are words to the effect that the author is writing in English and s/he is not intentionally hiding anything. Somewhere along the line we have taught kids (and judging by the posts, one or two adults) that lyrics will jump off the page of their own volition and say, THIS IS WHAT I MEAN. Shakespeare wrote in Modern English. Heck, even the Middle English of Chaucer is fairly simple. I could understand if the text was in Old English. However, on occasion when I have read The Lord's Prayer to students, they have basically understood.

"Fęder ure žu že eart on heofonum; Si žin nama gehalgod to becume žin rice gewurže šin willa on eoršan swa swa on heofonum. urne gedęghwamlican hlaf syle us todęg and forgyf us ure gyltas swa swa we forgyfaš urum gyltendum and ne gelęd žu us on costnunge ac alys us of yfele sožlice."

or

The Lord's Prayer in Old English
Matthew 6:9-13.
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Fęder ure žu že eart on heofonum; [59k] Father our thou that art in heavens
Si žin nama gehalgod [44k] be thy name hallowed
to becume žin rice [37k] come thy kingdom
gewurže šin willa [43k] be-done thy will
on eoršan swa swa on heofonum. [53k] on earth as in heavens
urne gedęghwamlican hlaf syle us todęg [68k] our daily bread give us today
and forgyf us ure gyltas [55k] and forgive us our sins
swa swa we forgyfaš urum gyltendum [65k] as we forgive those-who-have-sinned-against-us
and ne gelęd žu us on costnunge [57k] and not lead thou us into temptation
ac alys us of yfele sožlice [69k] but deliver us from evil. truly.

Let's stop making EVERYTHING easy.