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There is nothing I can say to this comment but Wow. I have felt that reading Shakespeare used to give me the same kind of catharsis like doing a difficult Math problem or writing a complex piece of code. This is because understanding Shakespeare needed research and being present. I could not read Shakespeare like I read other books, I could not skim over, I could not rush. I had to savour each word, each metaphor, each hidden meaning and I always require an annotated version.FeManJay wrote: ↑03 Oct 2012, 22:06There was a study done recently by a gentleman who urges everyone to read more works by Shakespeare. His study started as a curiosity on how the brain reacts to Shakespearean prose, and ended with some fascinating and inspiring results. William Shakespeare often misuses nouns and verbs to great effect. However, this causes some interesting changes in the brain. There are two different parts of the brain that deal with noun usage and verb usage. When you are learning in elementary school nouns and verbs, you are teaching your brain. When you learn a new language, you are ingraining that new information into your brain as well.
There is something called the N400 which describes the 400 nanosecond response to something that your brain believes does not make sense. There is also something called the N600 which describes the 600 nanosecond response to something that your brain recognizes as something that does not make grammatical sense but still makes sense in its meaning. Usually your brain has the N400 response or the N400 in tandem with the N600. However, whilst conducting this study, they found that some phrases Shakespeare uses only inspire the N600 response. This is a rare phenomenon that has been proven to open new path ways in the brain and cause you to increase your ability to learn new things as well as your level of intelligence. In conclusion? Read more Shakespeare and become more smarter.
So while this wasn't really a review for a book, I do think it qualifies for this section because I urge everyone to go pick up a copy of your favorite Shakespearean work, or even a brand new one. Because there is no easier way to increase your intelligence than by reading a tragedy/history/comedy/romance.
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I say Shakespeare was more than a poet. In my own hermit mind, am being who redefined the alphabet meaning and sequence.
''This firm decree, ye shall believeth.''