Yang Li and William speak to Jess Winfield, author of What Would Shakespeare Do? to find out the answers.
Jess Winfield was a founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and has written several books about the Bard. His most recent is the comic novel, My Name Is Will.
As you listen, try to answer these questions. The answers are at the bottom of this page.
1. What play is the quote: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" from?
2. Does Jess say that Shakespeare had a very happy love life?
3. Complete the quote: "What's done is _______."
Today’s S Words saying is the question ‘What’s in a name?', which can be found in a very famous speech 台词 in Romeo and Juliet. We also heard a part of Lord Polonius’ speech to his son Laertes from Hamlet.
You can hear those speeches, together with Jess’s short quote from Macbeth, by clicking on this audio link. Our actors are Amy Ewbank and Simon Mathis. Click on the pdf link to read the excerpts 选文.
Next week we ask the following questions: To what extent can Shakespeare be translated into Chinese? How are Shakespeare’s sonnets constructed? What is the best way for learners to approach the Bard?
Yang Li and William will be speaking to 刘蕾, a teacher of Shakespeare at 刘蕾 University in Tianjin.
Answers to the quiz:
2. No, he says he had a very tragic love life.
3. "What's done is done" is a quote from Macbeth.