Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Universality of “Hamlet” (and Hamlet)

By Dennis Abrams Harold Bloom, in The Western Canon, writes that “If we could conceive of a universal canon, multicultural and multivalent, its one essential book would not be a scripture, whether Bible, Koran, or Eastern text, but rather Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Shakespeare

By Dennis Abrams Hope everybody is enjoying their holiday season.  And while I know I wasn’t going to post anything until next week, I was reading Zadie Smith’s recent piece in The New York Review of Books on “Joy” (a … Continue reading

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My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;/Coral is far more red then her lips’ red…’

William Shakespeare Sonnet #130 ————————– SONNET 130 My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires … Continue reading

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‘It was very powerful, very exciting to play. Like skipping on water.’

As You Like It An Actor’s Perspective By Dennis Abrams ——————————— We’ve looked at As You Like It from every conceivable angle.  Except for one.  In the book Shakespeare on Stage:  Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles, actress Rebecca … Continue reading

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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”

As You Like It More Perspectives…Continued By Dennis Abrams ————————————— In my last post, we looked at Marjorie Garber’s perspective on As You Like It, ending with the first answer to the question:  “Why doesn’t Rosalind reveal her identity to … Continue reading

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“Last scene of all,/That ends this strange eventful history,/Is second childishness and mere oblivion,/Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

As You Like It Another Perspectives By Dennis Abrams ————————— From Marjorie Garber: “The Forest of Arden, then, is a golden world, an Eden, an Arcady, and in some sense a tongue-in-cheek parody of all these.  But what is it … Continue reading

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“I can live no longer by thinking.”

As You Like It Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Five:  Touchstone, meanwhile, has decided to marry Audrey, and rejects William, her current suitor.  For his part, Oliver has fallen for Celia/Aliena, and agrees to marry her in front … Continue reading

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