Questions tagged [elizabethan-english]

Questions about the variant of English spoken around the time Queen Elizabeth I ruled England. Its most famous user is William Shakespeare.

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Why do some early modern English writers use an apostrophe in art (ar't)?

For example, in Verses upon the duke of Buckinghams returne from the Ile of Rees (https://www.english.cam.ac.uk/ceres/ehoc/lessons/lesson1/index.html) the poet spells "art" as "ar't" in the phrase "...
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What is an “asse” in Elizabethan English?

In the "New Yer's Guiftes giuen to The Quene's Maiestie" we find two handkerchives of Hollande, wroughte with blacke worke, and edged with a smale bone lace of golde and siluer; and an asse of ...
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“For who so firm that cannot be seduced?” Where is the verb in this Shakespeare quotation?

He says: ... Therefore it is meet That noble minds keep ever with their likes, For who so firm that cannot be seduced? (Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2) Roughly means that you shouldn't pal ...
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Are English language books translated to contemporary English? [closed]

Were Shakespeare books translated to contemporary English? Which version is more common? Is there a rule to choose which books will have its language updated? Are poems updated too? From which year I ...