For many of us this may be just one of those things that's so obvious because we're living it, but the neuroscientists are at it again and tell us that reading Shakespeare gives your brain a special little buzz that might actually make you smarter.
I say again because we were on the scene back in 2006 when the first major entry in this genre, Shakespeare Thinking, was released. Of course back then I was just getting started and didn't get too much discussion going, so maybe we can change that now.
The general idea makes sense. Language has pattern, and structure. Your brain gets into a sort of auto-pilot, knowing without knowing what is coming next. So when sideways everything Shakespeare twists, up your neurons sit and notice take. Do it badly, of course, as I've done quickly here :), and like Master Yoda do you sound.
I'll admit I don't fully grok what the new research is all about - it all looks about the same to me as it did 5 years ago. But everybody's talking about it this week (probably not a coincidence that it's Shakespeare's birthday week and we all need content), so I'm open to opening up the discussion again.