Monthly Archives: April 2012

In Honor of the Bard’s Birthday

A Shakespeare Miscellany In Honor of the Bard’s Birthday From The Huffington Post: To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, we’re featuring some of our favorite archival pieces about his life and work. This one was first published in July 2005. Happy Birthday, … Continue reading

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“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,/Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,/Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,/With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Harold Bloom: “Doubtless Shakespeare remembered that in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene Oberon was the benevolent father of Gloriana, who in the allegory of Spenser’s great epic … Continue reading

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“But she, being mortal, of that boy did die”

A Midnight Summer’s Night Dream Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————— From Garber: “’Am not I Hermia?  Are not you Lysander?’  This is Hermia’s question in the middle of the play, act 3, scene 2, when the play’s … Continue reading

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“I’ll put a girdle round about the earth/In forty minutes.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Two:  In the woods, Oberon and Titania bicker over a boy in Titania’s service, whom Oberon wants as an attendant.  When Titania refuses, Oberon plots revenge, sending … Continue reading

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“So quick bright things come to confusion.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act One:  At the Athenian court, preparations are underway for the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta.  The royal couple is discussing arrangements when an angry Egeus storms in:  his rebellious … Continue reading

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“It is his first undoubted masterpiece, without flaw, and one of his dozen of so plays of overwhelming originality and power.”

An Introduction to A Midsummer Night’s Dream By Dennis Abrams ———————— In his diary entry for September 26, 1662, Michaelmas Day, Samuel Pepys noted, I sent for some dinner and there dined, Mrs. Margaret Pen being by, to whom I … Continue reading

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“But when your countenance fill’d up his line,/Then lack’d I matter; that enfeebled mine.”

SONNET 86 Was it the proud full sail of his great verse, Bound for the prize of all too precious you, That did my ripe thoughts in my brain inhearse, Making their tomb the womb wherein they grew? Was it … Continue reading

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