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Old 01-22-2005, 09:42 AM   #1
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Shakespear Help!!!

have any of you had to memorize passages from shakespear?
my son has a school project which he has to do this and i want to help him...

anyone ever had to do this have any tips?
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i had to way back in high school.

of course i can't remember any of it, except that it came from 'hamlet'.

but i'll tell you how we memorized it.

we all had to act out a scene, and video tape it. so what we did was we went to this narrow room, and we printed up in big letters the words to the scene.

so when i was looking at him, i was really looking behind him at all my lines and he was doing the same thing.

it was quite brilliant, really.
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you are quite brilliant really dear!

he has to remember this passage word for word and recite it ....
hes gettin a wee bit frustrated...

id hoped someone would come up with some magical trick for memorizing- they would bestow this knowledge unto thee.

hmm.............
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no magic tricks other than to keep reading it over and over. How many lines? If it's a sonnet have try to memorize 2 lines at a time.
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and make sure he remembers the 'e' on the end of Shakespeare too
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What does help, apart from repeating the lines over and over again, is to have your son make a recording of the passage, and have him listening to it in the background when he's doing other things in the meantime. Trust me, if you hear it enough times it'll get in there and never leave. Like a dreaded Britney Spears song.

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thanks guys !
i did get him a tape recorder so I think that is gonna help
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Anthony beat me to it--yeah, listening to a tape is seriously the best way. That's how I did the first 14 lines of the Canterbury Tales for a class--and had the best pronunciation of anyone.

I've also found that memorizing it line by line is really helpful. Don't memorize the whole chunk at once, do it in small pieces and put it together--kind of like singing Partridge in a Pear Tree.
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no no no

just cheat the way i did.

or is it not on videotape?

sex, lies, and hockeytape...
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no no no

just cheat the way i did.

or is it not on videotape?

sex, lies, and hockeytape...

lol

I agree with zoomerang on the cheating, but if he can't have him take it phrase by phrase. That is what I did in school.
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This brings back memories of that unfortunate incident in high school where we had to memorize a poem for French class. I got through the first couple of lines and then totally blanked out on the rest, in front of the entire class
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and make sure he remembers the 'e' on the end of Shakespeare too
Actually... Shakespeare himself "mispelt" his own name several different ways. Including the version carrie used. Call it artistic license.
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As for the answer to the orignal question of this thread... Have him break the sonnet down stanza by stanza. Help him out by reciting one stance over and over again until he has it down pat. Once he has one line memorized he should be easily able to memorize the next. The hard part is to be able to recite it in front of an audience.

Shakespeare Competitions lol
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Old 01-23-2005, 04:38 AM   #14
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you guys are so nice ...
were gonna break it on down ....

were gona spell it right *wink*

gonna git it together..watch it ! like ma bell whose dat?

i told him we have to find a bit of rythmn (sp?) in it and memorize it like a song...and being a teenager ofcourse he thinks im so gay!
and being a parent ...I know hes right !
*chuckle chuckle*

yep....thanks for your input friends....
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i don't get it!
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