Thursday, August 20, 2009

Juliet can I be your baby daddy

A new school year, new school materials show up.  The FedEx man does not love us but the boxes come in ones and twos so it is not so bad.

Today's box included 'Romeo and Juliet - Edited and Rendered into Modern English by Alan Durband'.  The idea is lame, but what matters is how the target audience reacts, nu?

He laughed even harder than I, then read samples aloud to show how goofy the idea is.

'Tis but they name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague?  It is nor hand nor foot
Nor arm nor face nor any other part
Belonging to a man.  O be some other name.
What's in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff they name,
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.


It's only your name that's my enemy.  You'd be the same,
even if you weren't a Montague.  What's a "Montague"?  It's not
a hand, or a foot, or a face or any other part
belonging to a man.  Take some other name!  What's in a
name?  What we call a rose would smell as sweet, whatever
word we used for it.  If Romeo weren't called Romeo, he's still
retain his own dear perfection without his name.  Romeo,
give up your name and exchange for that name, which is
not part of you, take all of me!

Shakespeare knew what he was doing.  Y'all educators need to leave be and understand this: kids get it without dumbing down the material.

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