Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Twelfth Night!

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January 6 is known as the Epiphany, a holiday that always reminds me of William Shakespeare´s comical play, Twelfth Night, which has nothing to do with the holiday and has an alternate name, What You Will. Shakespeare´s wit was endless!

The beginning lines set the light mood:

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

That first line ranks #7 in Top Shakespeare lines.

Shakespeare, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England,  is arguable the most influential writer of the English language penning comedies, tragedies, histories, and sonnets. The play on words, puns, farce, androgyny, the play within a play as in Hamlet, mockery, and other literary devices were employed to entertain Elizabethan England at the Globe Theater.

MIT offers the whole of Shakespeare´s dramas on a special page. Using Shakespeare´s plays is an excellent way to teach English.

If you need to quickly brush up on your Twelfth Night, remember Spark Notes is there to help! Literature is an excellent way to teach English.
If you are in São Paulo and need English lessons, or Elite English Services including translations (Spanish/French/Portuguese to English), please call Professor Winn at 6214-1511 or send an email to for a prompt evaluation.

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