WORDS ABOUT WORDS
The life of [Shakespeare's] plays is in the language, not alongside it, or underneath it. Feelings and thoughts are released at the moment of speech. An Elizabethan audience would have responded to the pulse, the rhythms, the shapes, sounds, and above all meanings, within the consistent ten-syllable, five stress lines of blank verse. They were an audience who listened.
Richard Eyre, British director, Utopia and Other Places, 1993
Posted on August 21, 2000 at 11:58 AM