As an english teacher who tries to tie the traditional to modern learning styles and activities that engage students, i finally took the plunge and invested in a couple of these books. obviously i prefer the traditional language, but some students just don't get it. this side by side version allows students at all spots of the learning continuum to appreciate shakespeare's work. it's helpful that even when we're reading a section in the modern english, we an pop right over to the original shakespearean language for key soliloquys or just to check out a beautiful passage! spark notes maintains the integrity of the original.