Shakespeare’s Schooling: King’s New School

Pragmatic Education

“Education made Shakespeare what he was”

Soul of the Age: Life, Mind and World: Jonathan Bate

‘with his Tiger’s heart wrapped in a player’s hide … Shakes-scene’

Robert Greene, Shakespeare’s contemporary

“Shakespeare’s schooling provided an excellent resource for the future playwright. Everything Shakespeare learned at school he used in some way in his plays. Having mastered the rules of language, he was able to break and transform them. Shakespeare’s education is an argument for the value of memorising and of constant practice.”

Teaching Shakespeare: Rex Gibson

William Shakespeare, whose father was probably illiterate (signing his name with a cross) and broke, became one of the most creative, prolific and successful playwrights of all time, writing over 40 plays and 150 sonnets, with some of the most gripping plots, memorable characters (from protagonists Caesar, Lear, Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Juliet, Viola and Rosalind to villains: murderous Richard III, usurer…

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