Hamlet, the third quarto, published in 1611.
Photo taken by Ms. V at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, July, 2015.
You can check out the website of the exhibit here.
Assignment for 1.3
Write three sets of rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter. One rhyming couplet per conversation in this scene. In other words, a rhyming couplet for the conversation between Laertes and Ophelia, a rhyming couplet for the conversation between Polonius and Laertes, and one for Polonius and Ophelia. You must indicate who is speaking each line. You can choose if one character says both lines, or if they say one line each. You may use either modern English or Elizabethan English. You may use slang, but if you don’t think I will understand it, you must provide a definition. However, the language must be appropriate for the character. The point of this is to distill the conversations to one or two lines. Boil them down to their essences. And have fun with it.
A video of Charlie Rose interviewing Stephen Greenblatt. Watch after Act 1.
And just for fun, an example of an Sample in-class paragraph from Act 2 of Macbeth. This one was written in 45 minutes.