Category Archive 'Shakespeare'

26 Mar 2015

How English Sounded

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The Week found YouTube videos demonstrated what earlier versions of English actually sounded like.

Shakesperian English:


Middle English (not the best version of the Prologue):


Earlier Middle English (13th Century):


Old English (terrific performance of the opening of Beowulf):

They concluded with a pretty chick singing a semi-rock ballad in Breton to illustrate the sound of pre-Anglo-Saxon British, but I think that one is beside the point.

21 Jan 2012

Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation

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The plays and the sonnets do not only sound different. The plays speed up and the sonnets are found to have many more rhymes.

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