Shakespeare is on of the most famous Englishmen Shakespeare is famous for the effect he had on the English language Shakespeare did this without even realizing the changes he was making People modernized it and used it in their work day speech The endings on words were changing The suffixes disappeared that let people know the grammatical functions of that word Due to the Renaissance explosion the Modern English became very flexible Shakespeare was a leading figure in making the language flexible Shakespeare began to change phrases The English language was being set free and writers wanted to use it in their own poetry Shakespeare was transforming his language, pointing it in the direction we use today Modern English changes and develops as we use new phrases, foreign words, and incorporate different dialects as we speak The Renaissance caused the European Language to mix into the English Language This mixture made Shakespeare excited and it gave him endless possibilities to do what he wanted with the English language “Light seeking light, doth light of light beguile” Intellect, wisdom, eyesight, and daylight “you” Both singular and plural Old English Thou: used for addressing one person Ye: more than one person By the time of Early Modern English these words seemed old fashioned to us and “you” became the norm for all grammatical functions When we see the words “ye” and “thou” we always say that is old fashioned “Thou” and “Thee” Higher rank to those people beneath them Address God, ghosts, witches Males address their wife with “thou” and the wives answer respectfully with “you” Special intimacy, affection, formality, politeness, and distance Inferior to a superior Express feelings of anger and insulting or disrespect “You” Lower status to those above them Formal way of upper class to talk to one another When a husband would address his wife she would respectfully respond using the word “You” Created words, but also created nouns into verbs To eyeball/ elbow someone To be caked in something To label someone Something is “flawed” Mabillard, Amanda. Words Shakespeare Invented Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. 11 April 2011. “Shakespeare’s Development of Middle English to Early modern English.” nosweatshakespeare. 7 April 2011. Web.
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