- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Longman; 2 edition (30 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0582848628
- ISBN-13: 978-0582848627
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.1 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rediscover Grammar Paperback – 30 Mar 2004
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"An invaluable resource for teachers and students of A Level English Language and English Language and Literature, encouraging the move on from mere 'feature spotting' responses to texts." John Shuttleworth, Chief Examiner English Language A Level"
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The book has lots of other useful features including a complete list of all characters' names, explanations of the references to classical mythology, geographical locations and 6* go to the synopses of each play with the diagrams of the characters.
It is a perfect companion for any Shakespeare lover.
You might think that you don't need this because if you have a good copy of the play text it will give you a glossary with it. I have however recently been studying Taming of the Shrew, using a highly recommended play text, and not all the words were included in the glossary. I also found that as words are often quite nebulous it was interesting to look them up both in the play glossary and Crystal's book because they sometimes differ slightly and enrich my understanding.
There are several other useful features of this book. Each definition offers examples from the plays in which they are used, which can be great for comparison purposes, even if the play quoted is not the one you are reading. There are also mini lessons on certain styles of speaking contemporary with the time, and a potted history of each play.
This is not an inexpensive book, it is however, what I would class as an invaluable book for those serious about understanding Shakespeare and wanting to get the most out of his language.
Yes, it need be mentioned that there are synopses, and helpful circles of the plays to clarify who is who to whom and wonderful appendices of classical mythology names, folklore, dialects and other specific nuances illuminating Shakespeare's texts.
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Arrived on time and as described, but it was a gift so I can't really comment on the book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is great, cannot get enough of the greatest wordsmith that ever lived!Published 12 months ago by Eileen Medina
A Great Help!
- Reading Shakespeare using word definitions inharmoniously with Shakespeare's work is using a tool rendering Shakespeare's selection of words foggy & not... Read more
This is without a doubt the worst grammar book I've ever read, in any language.Published 13 months ago by Ms. M. Edwards
A fab guide to not only Shakespeare's lingo but lingo as we no longer know it. You might be surprised to discover what some common words meant back in Elizbethan England compared... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is exactly as the cover stated, and I am doing just thatPublished 16 months ago by Miss MO Thompson