Wordsmitten Wednesday: Shakespeare


Not only do Shakespeare’s plays themselves contain the finest writing of the past 450 years, but most of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616–from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens, from Ulysses to The Godfather–are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. As Falstaff says in Henry IV, Part 2:

I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.

Shakespeare is not only creative in himself–he is the cause of creation in other writers.

– Ken Ludwig, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

5 thoughts on “Wordsmitten Wednesday: Shakespeare

  1. mtsedwards says:

    So stealing this quote! And is the book where it’s from any good? I’m on a crusade this year to make everything I do in the classroom be meaningful and Shakespeare has always been de riguer in English but this really pounds home the why of it all.


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I’m loving the book! It’s geared toward home study, and Ludwig advocates starting young, but I don’t see why it couldn’t apply to high school as well. We’ve just started and already my kids are walking around reciting, “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows”. 😀


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