Much Ado about Nothing: A Verse Translation

Much Ado about Nothing: A Verse Translation

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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This complete, line-by-line translation makes the language of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing contemporary while preserving the metrical rhythm, complexity, and poetic qualities of the original.

The aim is to capture both sound and sense of Shakespeare's comedy without the need for glosses or notes-to use contemporary language without simplifying or modernizing

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Overview

This complete, line-by-line translation makes the language of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing contemporary while preserving the metrical rhythm, complexity, and poetic qualities of the original.

The aim is to capture both sound and sense of Shakespeare's comedy without the need for glosses or notes-to use contemporary language without simplifying or modernizing the play in any other way.

Readers experience this comic exploration of male suspicion and its consequences with the challenge, comprehension, and delight of audiences 400 years ago-the way Shakespeare intended.

Features

* Line-by-line verse translation, not a prose paraphrase.
* Complete. No lines deleted or simplified.
* Accurate and authentic iambic pentameter.
* True to the feel and look of Shakespeare's original.
* Tone, complexity, and poetic devices preserved.
* Subtlety and richness revealed without distracting notes and glosses.
* For students, an accessible introduction to classic drama.
* Attractive, uncluttered, easy-to-read layout.
* Perfect for an audience-pleasing theatrical performance.

"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

"Richmond has performed a service for English-speaking students everywhere."
-Boak Ferris, Calif. State Univ. Long Beach

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780975274330
Publisher:
Full Measure Press
Publication date:
02/20/2010
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Much Ado about Nothing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good version of Much Ado About Nothing. I got a .99 ¿ version and it had a lot of typos in it but this one is magnificent! I am only twelve but I love it immensley. I highly recommend this this thrilling shakespearian story to anyone who loves a good novel with lots of big words (i'm really glad that Nook has a built-in dictionary!) Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Run for the hills!! We must run from this terrible athuor!!: (
AshleighNuttall More than 1 year ago
Great classic that every literary mind should have the pleasure of reading at least once in their life.
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Why is this in Manga??
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Awsome book
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