I actually can’t remember a time when I …

I actually can’t remember a time when I didn’t like Shakespeare. My aunt was a librarian, and when I was really little she’d give me these Shakespeare books for kids with pictures, and I distinctly remember getting read that Macbeth version as a bedtime story. But I was the only kid in my freshman English class in high school that liked Shakespeare, and it made reading/acting out Romeo and Juliet really disappointing especially since we only read it in modern English

Hello Nonny!

That’s really neat you got into Shakespeare at a rather young age. I didn’t, because I was not keen on The Bard in those days and the bedtime stories that I was read to were Disney stories, especially Winnie the Pooh.

And that’s a shame that you didn’t get to experience R&J in Early Modern English. While I am not against translations of sorts (Sparknotes, CliffNotes, etc. for accessibility), it seems like more teachers want to teach the plays using ONLY the English that is commonly spoken today because they don’t want to trouble students with Early Modern English. It’s not the student’s fault if they have been only taught a Shakespeare text in today’s English and have a difficult time with Early Modern English. I could go on with this discourse, but for the sake of not rambling, I’m going to stop before I write a thesis on this.

Thank you for sharing how you got into Shakespeare, and let any future teacher know that how they approach Shakespeare needs to be 1. concise 2. accessible and 3. comprehensive. (This goes out to everyone as well.)