Monthly Archives: February 2012

“But you shall shine more bright in these contents/Than unswept stone besmear’d with sluttish time.”

William Shakespeare – Sonnet #55 By Dennis Abrams —————————— Charles Robinson. “Not marble nor the gilded monuments.” Illustration for Sonnet 55. The Songs and Sonnets of William Shakespeare. London, 1915. Shelfmark PR2842 A26 Sh.Col. SONNET 55 Not marble, nor the … Continue reading

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“I think there be six Richmonds in the field;/Five have I slain today instead of him./ A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”

Richard III Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Five:  Buckingham is captured by Richard’s allies and is executed.  Meanwhile, Richard, marching to meet Richmond, pitches camp at Bosworth.  The night before the battle, he is visited by the ghosts … Continue reading

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“Where is thy husband now?/Where be thy brothers?/Where be thy two sons?/Wherein dost thou joy?”

Richard III Act Four By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Four:  At his coronation, Richard suggests to Buckingham that it is time for the two Princes to die.  When Buckingham has the temerity to hesitate, Richard turns on him and gets … Continue reading

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“Where it seems best to your royal self./If I may counsel you, some day or two/Your highness shall repose you at the Tower;/Then where you please and shall be thought most fit/For your best health and recreation.”

Richard III Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————————————- Act Three:  As Prince Edward arrives in London to be crowned the next king, Buckingham persuades the Archbishop of Canterbury to remove the Duke of York (Edward’s younger brother) from sanctuary.  Richard … Continue reading

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“Welcome destruction, blood and massacre./ I see, as in a map, the end of all.”

Richard III Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————– Act Two:  Having ordered Clarence’s execution to be revoked, Edward is recovering when Richard coolly announces that he has been killed after all.  Everyone is (naturally) appalled, and King Edward, (Richard and … Continue reading

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“Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this son of York”

Richard III Act One By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Major Characters: Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later King Richard III) Richard’s brothers:  King Edward IV and George, Duke of Clarence Duchess of York, their mother Queen Elizabeth, Edward IV’s wife, later widow … Continue reading

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