I have begun trying to read Shakespeare.
My problem is I can't understand the writing at all.
Why is Shakespeare so hard to understand? I hope that I am not the only one that finds it hard to read.
For example, I don't understand the uses of study in the following. And all my attempts at consulting dictionary definitions have not helped. Is "study" a noun or a verb here? Is the author saying that "study" means "common sense"? And how can study have a "recompense"? And what about "forbid"? Shouldn't it be "forbidden"?
Long. You swore to that, Berowne, and to the rest.
Ber. By yea and nay, sir, then I swore in jest.
What is the end of study? let me know.
King. Why, that to know which else we should not know.
Ber. Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from common sense?
King. Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.
Ber. Come on then; I will swear to study so, To know the thing I am forbid to know;