Monthly Archives: December 2011

“Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows,/Kill me with spites yet we must not be foes.”

by Dennis Abrams SONNET 40 Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all; What hast thou then more than thou hadst before? No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call; All mine was thine before thou … Continue reading

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“Was never subject long’d to be a king/As I do long and wish to be a subject.”

Henry VI, Part Two Acts Four and Five by Dennis Abrams ———– One take on Cade’s rebellion: From the prevalent Elizabethan point of view, which Shakespeare shared, Cade and other like him were traitors pure and simple propagators of vicious … Continue reading

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“The first thing we do let’s kill all the lawyers.”

King Henry VI, Part Two Acts Four and Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Four:  While on his way to a life in exile, Suffolk is murdered at sea by the ships captain and crew in revenge for Gloucester’s death … Continue reading

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On Shakespeare’s Education

with Dennis Abrams For your holiday reading, I thought you’d enjoy this look at Shakespeare’s education from Jonathan Bate’s book Soul of the Age:  A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare: “The hour at which he crept, willingly or … Continue reading

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Ah, gracious lord, these days are dangerous:/Virtue is choked with foul ambition,/And charity chased hence by rancor’s hand;”

King Henry VI, Part Two Act Three By Dennis Abrams ————— Act Three:  Gloucester’s enemies begin to make their move.  Queen Margaret denounces him in parliament and he is blamed for the loss of the remaining French territories.  Arresting his … Continue reading

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“Why, now is Henry king and Margaret queen,/And Humphrey Duke of Gloucester scarce himself,/The bears so shrewd a maim; two pulls at once –/His lady banished and a limb lopped off. (She picks up the staff.)

 Henry VI, Part Two Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- Act Two:  Out hawking with the King and Queen, Gloucester and Winchester continue their argument when they are interrupted by a man who claims that his blindness has been cured … Continue reading

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“Were I man, a duke, and next of blood,/I would remove these tedious stumbling blocks/And smooth my way upon their headless necks.”

King Henry VI, Part Two Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Let me start including this:  A list of characters: LANCASTRIANS King Henry VI of England and France Queen Margaret, Henry’s wife William de la Pole, Marquis (later Duke) of … Continue reading

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