Shakespeare 2019- Week 2

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See Judi Dench in the full video right here:

Hi All, well we made it finally into A Midsummer Night’s Dream through the gateway of  The Sonnets and Shakespeare’s many-sided sexuality! And we also learned about his deep and passionate belief in the power of art, of literature, of poetry to transcend the ravaging effects of time: “How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea?” So please find here the audio for today’s sessions and the whiteboard side-dishes:



And here now are some additional blog topics that you might like to use for your first blog (and remember you are also permitted to create your own topic as long as it links in some way to what we are doing in a given week- but it can also include aspects of your own life!):

Also, please note as you will have observed from the unit outline page 4, the first blog is NOT due TILL Monday March 11th. So there should be no panic.


New topics:


  • Imagine yourself as either Titania or Bottom. Tell your audience in your own words (either in prose or poetry) what you really feel about this situation…..
  • You are one of the fairies that accompany Titania. In your own language tell your audience what your life is like outside the moment of this play in which you have a specific job to do accompanying Bottom to his “bridal” bed….  You can tell us where you live, what you do most of the time, who your friends are etc….
  • Write a sonnet about a painful or beautiful experience – and while it can be, it doesn’t have to be, about LURVE!!!!!


  • Take any one of the sonnets alluded to today and write a prose exposition of what you think the sonnet is saying and why you think what it is saying is important.
  • See you if you can show by listing examples how the language of poetry is different from the language of prose in Act 3 Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Write a short piece on how many times Judi Dench has played in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and if possible find out what she thinks about the play.



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