Monthly Archives: October 2011

“How many masters would do this for his servant?”

A Little of This, A Little of That By Dennis Abrams First – before saying goodbye to The Two Gentlemen of Verona, I’d like to pay a final homage to Launce and his role in the play:  Having met a … Continue reading

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“And that my love may appear plain and free, All that was mine in Silvia I give thee.”

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Acts Four and Five By Dennis Abrams Act Four:  Valentine and Speed are returning home to Verona through the woods after Valentine’s banishment when they are ambushed by “outlaws.”  Impressed by Valentine’s bearing and demeanor, … Continue reading

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“Now if Launce had reached the same conclusions about these two gentlemen that the action of the play forces on us independently, it is hard to believe that Shakespeare was not in on the secret”

Two Gentlemen of Verona Act Three By Dennis Abrams Act Three:  Proteus reveals Valentine’s plan to elope with Silvia to her father, the Duke, who immediately banishes Valentine upon pain of death.  The duke then turns to Proteus to help … Continue reading

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“I think Crab, my dog, be the sourest-natured dog that lives.”

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Acts One and Two by Dennis Abrams Act 1:  Valentine and Proteus are best friends, albeit seemingly very different.  Valentine is ready to leave Verona and see the world, but to his disgust, Proteus is … Continue reading

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“Dr. Johnson assured us that nothing could please for long except just representation of general nature.’

And So We Begin By Dennis Abrams And first up…The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Is it actually the first play Shakespeare wrote?  Honestly…no one knows for sure.  Some have this play listed first, others have A Comedy of Errors, others … Continue reading

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“To the memory of my beloved, The Author MR. W I L L I A M S H A K E S P E A R E : A N D what he hath left us.”

Before We Get Started By Dennis Abrams First off, I’d like to briefly re-address the subject of my last post – was Shakespeare the author of the plays attributed to him?  I think I made my feelings on this subject … Continue reading

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“I have dreamt the world as you dreamt your work, my Shakespeare, and among the forms in my dream are you, who like myself are many and no one.”

Who Wrote Shakespeare? By Dennis Abrams Who wrote Shakespeare?  On the surface, it seems a silly question.  But is it?  Check out the trailer, below, for the upcoming film, Anonymous This is an argument that’s been raging (well, simmering might … Continue reading

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“I am naive enough to read incessantly because I cannot, on my own, get to know enough people profoundly enough.”

Why Shakespeare? By Dennis Abrams As Harold Bloom insists, if not Shakespeare, who else?  He is at the very center of the canon, and Western literature is unimaginable without him.  But I suspect it is for that very reason that … Continue reading

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