Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary Sparks Learning through Art, Film & Poetry

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary Sparks Learning through Art, Film & Poetry

Shakespeare’s lasting popularity over hundreds of years may stem from his command of the English language, and the universal themes explored in his plays and poetry. Shakespeare used a great deal of creativity with words. He combined short, familiar words into compound words, and sometimes changed verbs into nouns and vice versa. This is how he invented hundreds of words still used every day.

Shakespeare’s plays allow us to explore relatable ideas by reading, performing, and witnessing performances of his words. The classic play Romeo and Juliet is well-known enough that lines from it are often quoted or referenced in media. This play’s themes of love, fate, chance, and rivalry speak to audiences struggling with these ideas in a modern context.

Plays are meant to be performed, and Shakespeare’s plays undergo countless renditions, iterations, and adaptations on the stage and on film. You can celebrate Shakespeare’s lasting impact through a full day of film screening at the Jones Library on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

You can also introduce Shakespeare to the children in your life with the 10am screening of the 2011 film Gnomeo and Juliet. (Rated G). At 12:30, the 2010 adaptation of The Tempest (Rated PG-13) will play. The 2012 film Much Ado About Nothing (Rated PG-13) will round out the day at 3pm.

The Jones Library is putting on this Shakespeare movie marathon in order to support and draw attention to another Shakespeare-related learning opportunity. The Williams’ College exhibition, “While Thy Booke Doth Live’: Shakespeare and His World,” provides community members the opportunity to learn about Shakespeare by viewing some of his original works, including the Folios. This exhibition is on view now through October 11th 2016.

Screenings will take place in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library. 413-259-3223 Amherst, Ma. (FREE)

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In conjunction with the national celebration, 400 years of Shakespeare, The Emily Dickinson Museum is offering a new tour highlighting the influence Shakespeare had on Dickinson’s life and work. This tour will be offered free on Sundays in May at 10am. Participants will explore the Dickinson homestead and the grounds as they learn about these two famous poets in a context of local history. Please call 413-542-2947 or e-mail with questions. Reservations are recommended. 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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