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Ralph Waldo Emerson on Shakespeare's craft

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Shakespeare's craft Copyright free image Copyright free: Library of Congress New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
The American poet and essayist pays tribute to the skill of the British poet and playwright.

Mark Twain on whether Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
Was the work of Shakespeare really cooked up by Bacon? Mark Twain recounts a long journey and a longer argument.

Leo Tolstoy on King Lear

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
In this extract from 'A critical essay on Shakespeare' - published in English in 1906 - Tolstoy suggests King Lear shows Shakespeare up as...

Queen Victoria on William Shakespeare

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
What did the Queen of England think of the Bard of Avon? We dip into her diaries to find out...

How did Newcastle celebrate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare?

How did Newcastle celebrate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare? Copyright free image Copyright free: New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare is being well marked around the nation, and around the globe (and the Globe). But how was the 200th...

OpenLearn Live: 20th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
The book that captured civilisation in collapse. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 13th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
The Sussex schoolboy who reinvented himself as a First Nation environmentalist, and Arnold Wesker remembered. Then more free learning across the...

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC

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Updated 13 Apr 2016
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Tennant and Catherine Tate host a live TV event celebrating Shakespeare...

OpenLearn Live: 23rd March 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Mar 2016
Cutting open a thunderegg, and the mystery of Shakespeare's missing head. Free learning from across the day.

400 years of Shakespeare

400 years of Shakespeare
Introductory level Updated 21 Mar 2016
It's been 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his works still 'play on' today. Explore the life, times and legacy of the Bard of Avon...

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Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley...

Approaching poetry

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need...

Approaching prose fiction

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose fiction, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for...

Approaching plays

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in...

What is poetry?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the...

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This free course, Christopher...

Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
This free course, Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations, considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on...

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2 of John Webster's Renaissance tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. It...

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as...