This text provides the student with an insight into Shakespeare's language and its background. All English courses cover Shakespeare; the language and vocabulary of Shakespeare are core topics. This text provides answers to key questions on the language of Shakespeare such as: What kind of language did he use? How did he use it? This edition has been completely revised and updated to take into account important works on Shakespeare's language and style that emerged during the 1980s. It contains a completely new chapter providing detailed readings of selected plays to help the student explore Shakespeare's language in practice. It is aimed at all undergraduate and sixth form English literature courses cover Shakespeare.