Here is an interesting story about how reading Shakespeare can be good for you. I wish that I knew that back in high school. I thought all along that my teachers were just lying to me.
Here is an excerpt from the article, where the writer explains what this new study found.
“Shakespeare uses a linguistic technique known as functional shift that involves, for example using a noun to serve as a verb. Researchers found that this technique allows the brain to understand what a word means before it understands the function of the word within a sentence. This process causes a sudden peak in brain activity and forces the brain to work backwards in order to fully understand what Shakespeare is trying to say. “