Monthly Archives: July 2012

“O, thou hast damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me, Hal — God forgive thee for it!”

Henry IV, Part One Act One By Dennis Abrams —————————— Major Characters King Henry IV (sometimes known as Bolingbroke) Prince Harry, Prince of Wales, Henry IV’s eldest son and heir (also known as Hal) Lord John of Lancaster, a younger … Continue reading

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“It is difficult to imagine that a historical play as good as Henry IV will ever again be written.”

An Introduction to Henry IV, Part One By Dennis Abrams “No play of Shakespeare’s is better than Henry IV…History as a dramatic form ripens here to a point past which no further growth is possible.” If Richard II is a … Continue reading

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“To me, fair friend, you never can be old,/For as you were when first your eye I eyed,/Such seems your beauty still.”

William Shakespeare Sonnet #104 ——————– SONNET 104 To me, fair friend, you never can be old, For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold Have from the forests shook three … Continue reading

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“Such harmony is in immortal souls,/But whilst this muddy vesture of decay/Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Five:  Returning in triumph to Belmont, the men are met by their wives, who are not all impressed to learn that Bassanio and Graziano have given away their wedding … Continue reading

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“I am glad that Shakespeare made Shylock a Jew.” — W.H. Auden

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Before we move on to Belmont, Act Five, and the absence of Shylock, there’s a little more I’d like to talk about concerning Act Four and…Shylock.  First I’d … Continue reading

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“Which is the merchant here and which the Jew?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- As much as I appreciate and respect Harold Bloom on all things Shakespearean, I think when it comes to The Merchant of Venice, he is too wrapped up … Continue reading

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“Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more/But just a pound of flesh.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Four:  Although Bassanio has arrived back in Venice and offers to repay Antonio’s debt twice over, Shylock demands nothing less than his full legal rights.  The Duke … Continue reading

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