Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас (5-й рік навчання) - М.О. Кучма - Богдан 2017 рік


Lesson 30 William Shakespeare

1. Practise saying the words and word combination.

2. Read about an English writer William Shakespeare. Ask three questions on the text.



William Shakespeare was born in the heart of England in Stratford-on-Avon in 1564. Shakespeare’s parents were plain country people.

At twenty-eight Shakespeare was well-known in London as an actor. A few years later, his genius found its most important expression as an original dramatist. Many of his plays were staged at a London Theatre called «The Globe».

William Shakespeare is known as a writer of comedies and historical dramas. His comedies «A Midsummer Night’s Dream» and «Comedy of Errors» — are light and bright.

The tragedies «Othello», «Romeo and Juliet» and «Hamlet» are profound. His plays, translated into many languages, are performed on the stages of the best theatres in the world.

William Shakespeare died at the age of fifty-two in 1616. He was buried in Stratford Church.

3. Work in pairs. Ask and answer your questions about William Shakespeare.

4. Read one of the William Shakespeare’s sonnets. Tell what you think the writer conveys in this sonnet.

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Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend

Upon thyself thy beauty’s legacy?

Nature’s bequest gives nothing, but doth lend;

And, being frank, she lands to those are free.

Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou use

So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?

For having traffic with thyself alone,

Thou of thyself thy sweet self dost deceive.

Then how, when nature calls thee to be gone,

What acceptable audit canst thou leave?

Thy unused beauty must be tomb’d with thee,

Which, used, lives th’ executor to be.


О, красеню недбалий, силу чар

Ти маєш не за власним побажанням.

Це — спадщина природи, вільний дар

Для тимчасового користування.

Цю спадщину не стискуй у руках,

Її ж бо вік не можна зберігати,

Ти ходиш у природи в боржниках:

Красу потрібно людям дарувати.

Не будь жаднюгою, як багатій,

Що тільки скриню власну обіймає,

І гроші позичає сам собі,

А врешті-решт нічого він не має.

Краса для себе — зникне без остатку,

А віддана — дарується нащадкам.

Переклав Гeоргій Пилипенко

5. Work in pairs. Take turns to ask and answer the questions.

1. What sonnets or plays written by William Shakespeare have you read?

2. Have you read them in English or Ukrainian?

3. What are they about?

6. Write some interesting facts from William Shakespeare’s life.

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