— Fred Rogers (via thedaddycomplex)
Shakespeare was written in Early Modern English, not Old English. The Canterbury Tales was written in Old English at the end of the 14th century. Shakespeare wasn’t even born until 1564.
Actually, Canterbury Tales was written in Middle English. Beowulf was written in Old English (the original, not the Seamus Heaney translation that you read in the Norton Anthology)
Here’s what Old English looks like:
I actually made that point a few weeks ago at a friend’s house. You can imagine how well it went over. Card-carrying English literature nerd here.