Why do the words of William Shakespeare sound so special to English-speakers? Part of the dramatist's touch lies in his use of a particular rhythm. Listen closely, though, and you may also hear the inclusion of lots of wordplay — much of it sexually suggestive.
Seeing a Shakespeare play on stage is much different from reading it in a book. The actors' gestures and intonation help to make the story clear. Whether it's classical Shakespeare you're after or an absurd parody, the best place to start is with a troupe called RSC.
William Shakespeare wrote his plays 400 years ago. His characters use words like "wherefore", "prithee" and "anon", when we'd say "why", "please" and "soon". A modern translation can be a fun way to sort through the confusion and enjoy these great works.