Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will

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Full Measure Press, 2004 - Drama - 157 pages
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This complete, line-by-line translation of Twelfth Night makes the language of Shakespeare's play contemporary while preserving the metrical rhythm, complexity, and poetic qualities of the original. The aim is to capture both the sound and sense of Shakespeare's romantic comedy without the need for glosses or notes--to use more comprehensible language without simplifying or modernizing the play in any other way.
Line-by-line verse translations, not prose paraphrases. Complete. No lines deleted or simplified. Accurate, authentic iambic pentameter. Looks and feels like Shakespeare's original. Tone, complexity, and poetic devices preserved. Subtlety and richness revealed without distracting notes and glosses. Attractive, easy-to-read layout. Ready for theatrical performance.
Readers experience this hilarious tale of mistaken identity and frustrated love with the challenge, comprehension, and delight of audiences 400 years ago--the way Shakespeare intended. "Too often, unless we read a Shakespeare play beforehand, we process the language as if it were coming from a poorly tuned-in radio station. Shakespeare didn't write his plays to be experienced impressionistically as 'poetry;' he assumed his language was readily comprehensible. At what point does a stage of a language become so different from the modern one as to make translation necessary? Mr. Richmond is brave enough to assert that, for Shakespeare, that time has come. The French have Moliere, the Russians have Chekhov-and now, we can truly say that we have our Shakespeare."
-John McWhorter, Manhattan Institute
 

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Contents

ACT THREE
75
Scene One Olivias Garden
77
Scene Two Olivias House
85
Scene Three A Street
88
Scene Four Olivias Garden
90
ACT FOUR
109
Scene One Before Olivias House
111
Scene Two Olivias House
114

Scene Four The Dukes Palace
28
Scene Five Olivias House
30
ACT TWO
45
Scene One The SeaCoast
47
Scene Two A Street
49
Scene Three Olivias House
50
Scene Four The Dukes Palace
59
Scene Five Olivias Garden
65
Scene Three Olivias Garden
121
ACT FIVE
123
Scene One Before Olivias House
125
Endnotes
143
How Iambic Pentameter Works
144
Facts About Twelfth Night
156
Sources
157
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