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Subject: Shakespeare and Spelling ( 1 of 3 )
Posted by Krissy

In William Shakespeare’s day no standard for spelling existed. If the First Folio is utilized as a guide, Shakespeare often used capital letters, extra letters and unusual punctuation to guide the actor in the preferred reading of an individual line. Extra letters indicated a drawn out syllable. Words lacking in letters encouraged clipped speech. Capital letters in a word gave that word extra emphasis. As an actor I find all of these indications useful and extremely accurate as to the underlying message of the text. I find a similar parallel in the speech used on the Internet. The text is not only meant to convey in a literary manner, but also to convey emotion and inflection specific to the person writing the text. It is written on the spot as opposed for publishing and future reading.

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