Monthly Archives: May 2012

“We were not born to sue, but to command;”

Richard II Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————- MAJOR CHARACTERS KING RICHARD II of England Queen Isabel, Richard’s wife John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, Richard’s Uncle Harry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, Gaunt’s son (later King Henry IV) Duchess of … Continue reading

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“The subject of Richard II is the reign and deposition of an English king. It is also the beauty of the English language considered as an instrument upon which music can be made.”

An Introduction to Richard II By Dennis Abrams —————— We’ve read his lyrical tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.  We’ve read his lyrical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Now, it’s time to read Shakespeare’s lyrical history (is such a thing possible?  With … Continue reading

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“Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing,/And like enough thou know’st thy estimate:/The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;/My bonds in thee are all determinate.”

Shakespeare Sonnet #87 By Dennis Abrams SONNET 87 Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing, And like enough thou know’st thy estimate: The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing; My bonds in thee are all determinate. For how … Continue reading

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“No, I assure you, the wall is down that parted their fathers”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  Following the weddings of all three couples (Theseus and Hippolyta, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius), Theseus demands entertainment which the artisans provide – to the court’s increasing … Continue reading

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“I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream:/it shall be called ‘Bottom’s Dream,’ because it hath no bottom;”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- Act Four:  Oberon takes pity on Titania and decides to undo the spell. She is appalled to find Bottom in her arms, but when Puck removes Bottom’s ass-head, the fairy … Continue reading

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“What matters in the end is not whether characters ‘really’ love each other or not — since anyone after all can love anyone else — but whether their illusions interlock.” – Terry Eagleton

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————- Today, we’re going to take a look at the other side of Act Three – the four lovers wandering through the woods, and the role of Puck in … Continue reading

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“And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act Three By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  When Puck sees the artisans rehearsing their play, he mischievously changes Bottom’s head into that of a donkey, causing his companions to flee in terror.  Sleeping nearby, Titania … Continue reading

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