Naked truth – faint-hearted – send him packing – vanish into thin air. When did you last use any of these phrases?
It’s Shakespeare’s 400th birthday this week, on 23 April. I’ve never really got on with Shakespeare, as my school experiences with The Bard were not that good. I remember having to read Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The Winter’s Tale, and I think I saw a play of Twelfth Night, but everything was just gobbledegook to me, and I cannot remember a thing about any of them.
Is it only in the UK that students are forced to study Shakespeare, or do you have to study it in other countries? Do let me know.