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“We look back at Shakespeare and regret our absence from him because it seems an absence from reality.”

Conclusion to The Play’s The Thing Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Honestly, I can’t believe it’s over. For two and half years, We’ve been reading and talking and thinking about Shakespeare. And to help bring this to a close, … Continue reading

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“I saw her first.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act Two By Dennis Abrams Act Two: In jail in Athens, Palamon and Arcite are busy consoling themselves with the closeness of their friendship when Palamon suddenly sees the beautiful Emilia (Hippolyta’s sister) gathering flowers outside. … Continue reading

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‘”Henry VIII’ is an elegy for Shakespeare’s world-altering achievement in poetic drama, and consciously bids farewell to the playwright’s highest powers.”

Henry VIII (All Is True) Act Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Five:  The new Queen is soon pregnant, but the news only antagonizes the King’s secretary Gardiner, who vows to attack her and Cranmer, Henry’s virtuous Archbishop of Canterbury … Continue reading

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“And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer/Never to hope again.”

Henry VIII (All Is True) Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Three:  The case stalls until Katherine decides to relent following a visit from Wolsey and Campeius. But a further hold-up occurs when deceitful letters sent from Wolsey to … Continue reading

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“…nor have I time/To give thee hallowed to thy grave, but straight/Must cast thee, scarcely coffined, in the ooze…”

Pericles Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————– Scenes 10-14:  Pericles and his pregnant wife Thaisa set sail for Tyre, but during a terrible storm (or tempest if you will), Thaisa appears to die in childbirth and the superstitious … Continue reading

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“Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea./Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.”

Pericles Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————————- Scenes 5-9:  As news arrives regarding Trailart’s plot, Pericles once again leaves, but is shipwrecked in a storm. He is washed up on the shore near Pentapolis, where he is looked after by … Continue reading

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“See what breeds about her heart./Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard hearts?”

King Lear Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Tony Tanner: “But of course foldings and pleatings and wrappings directly evoke clothing, and not for nothing are Goneril and Regan ‘gourgeously’ arrayed. There is much changing of clothes … Continue reading

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“Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!”

King Lear Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————————– Act Three:  Lear appears with the Fool, raging against the storm and his daughters’ cruelty. Kent arrives and tries to persuade them to shelter in a nearby hovel, where the … Continue reading

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“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” “Lear’s shadow.”

King Lear Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————– A couple of things of interest: 1.  I talked in my introduction to Lear about the fact that there are really two different versions of the play:  the Quarto and … Continue reading

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“It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.”

Macbeth Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————- I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this reading of Macbeth:  Bloom is right, in its directness and speed, with not a single unnecessary line, it’s a remarkable experience. One … Continue reading

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