William Shakespeare

  • The "Chandos" portrait of William Shakespeare. Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery
    May 5, 2014   BY Colleen Shalby 

    “To be, or not to be” could have been the perfect start to a rap song. Some have even called Shakespeare the original rapper, his use of iambic pentameter the first dropped beat.

    So, it seems fitting that when comparing the range of vocabulary among hip hop artists, data scientist Matt Daniels would also incorporate the Bard himself — whose entire collection of work included a total of 28,829 unique words forms, with 12,493 appearing only once. Continue reading

  • January 15, 1995  

    Computer analyses seem to confirm that an elegy first published more than 350 years ago was, indeed, written by William Shakespeare. Elizabeth Farnsworth discusses the bard’s poem with Roger Rosenblatt and Professor Donald Foster. Continue reading