Monthly Archives: February 2012

“But we all have particular favorites, in literature as in life, and I take more unmixed pleasure from “Love’s Labour’s Lost” than from any other Shakespearean play.”

Introduction William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost By Dennis Abrams This is going to be a good one.  And a challenge.  Love’s Labour’s Lost has been compared to the “curious-knotted garden” that the Spanish braggart Don Armado goes into rhapsodies over … Continue reading

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“Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,/Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.”

William Shakespeare Sonnet #66 By Dennis Abrams The 1609 Quarto Version TYr’d with all theſe for reſtfull death I cry, As to behold deſert a begger borne, And needie Nothing trimd in iollitie, And pureſt faith vnhappily forſworne, And gilded … Continue reading

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“One of these men is genius to the other,/And so of these, which is the natural man,/And which is the spirit? Who deciphers them?”

The Comedy of Errors Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————- Act Five:   Confronted by a crowd (OK, a mob) of people attempting to arrest them, Act V, scene i, Angelo, Lady Abbess, Courtezan, Duke, Aegeon, Antipholus, and Dronio of Syracuse, … Continue reading

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“Sure, these are but imaginary wiles/And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.”

The Comedy of Errors Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————— Act Four:  Antipholus E accuses Angelo of not delivering the gold chain as promised – t which Angelo denies (having given it to Antipholus S by mistake) denies, and instead … Continue reading

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“If thou hadst been Dromio today in my place,/Thou wouldst have changed thy face for a name, or thy name for an ass.”

The Comedy of Errors Acts Two and Three By Dennis Abrams Act Two:  Furious that her husband has not arrived for dinner, Adriana hears from Dromio E that his master (the wrong one, of course) is behaving oddly (naturally).  They … Continue reading

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“So I, to find a mother and a brother,/In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself.”

The Comedy of Errors Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————— Act I, scene i. The Antipholus twins separated as infants. By Francis Wheatley (1796).   Act One:  Ephesus and Syracuse are at war and Egeon (a native of Syracuse) faces … Continue reading

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“Exuberant fun as it is and must be, this fierce little play is also one of the starting points for Shakespeare’s reinvention of the human.”

The Comedy of Errors An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————– It is, I imagine with just a hint of relief among the followers of this blog that we turn from the plotting and counterplotting, conspiracies, and murder upon murder upon … Continue reading

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