Monthly Archives: June 2012

“But from the inward motion to deliver/Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age’s tooth:/Which, though I will not practice to deceive,/Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn;”

King John Act One By Dennis Abrams —————— MAJOR CHARACTERS King John of England, brother of deceased Richard (of the lion’s heart) I Queen Eleanor (of Aquitaine), their mother. Prince Henry, John’s son (later King Henry III of England) Lady … Continue reading

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“What makes Faulconbridge’s startling reality (or, if you prefer, the illusion of such reality) possible?”

King John An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————- The Life and Death of King John can be thought of as the chronicle play that got away.  Set in an earlier period of medieval history than the two “tetralogies,” it is … Continue reading

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“For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;/Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.”

Shakespeare’s Sonnet #94 SONNET 94 They that have power to hurt and will do none, That do not do the thing they most do show, Who, moving others, are themselves as stone, Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow, They rightly … Continue reading

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“I have been studying how I may compare/This prison where I live unto the world;/And for because the world is populous,/And here is not a creature but myself,/I cannot do it. Yet I’ll hammer it out.”

Richard II Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- From Goddard, picking up from my last post: “Richard, taken, ominously, not to the Tower as announced but to the dungeon of Pomfret castle, soliloquizes on this very theme of … Continue reading

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“Then am I kinged again, and by and by/Think that I am unkinged by Bolingbroke,And straight am nothing.”

Richard II Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  York and his wife are discussing Bolingbroke’s huge popular support when they discover that none other than their son Aumerle is guilty of plotting against Bolingbroke.  York rushes … Continue reading

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