Speaking like Shakespeare

“What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare?” A father and son team are working to answer this question, recover Shakespeare’s original pronunciation and perform his plays in the new-old style, and lest this sound like a silly exercise in scholarship consider that “two-thirds of Shakespeare’s sonnets…. have rhymes that only work in [Old Pronunciation].”

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.

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