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Why Shakespeare loved iambic pentameter - David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor

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Shakespeare sometimes gets a bad rap in high schools for his complex plots and antiquated language. But a quick peek into the rhythm of his words reveals a poet deeply rooted in the way people spoke in his time — and still speak today. Why do Shakespeare’s words have such staying power? David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor uncover the power of iambic pentameter.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator David T. Freeman, Gregory Taylor
  • Director Brad Purnell
  • Sound Designer Ross Allchurch
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Narrator Dan Simpson

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