Monthly Archives: January 2014

“The larger, unspoken question is – what do we do about, how do we cope with, our inescapable sexuality?”

The Winter’s Tale Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————- From Bloom: “Ideologues do not cluster around The Winter’s Tale, as they do around The Tempest, so neither performance nor commentary is much politicized, even in these bad days. … Continue reading

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“What we changed /Was innocence for innocence. We knew not/The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dreamed/That any did.”

The Winter’s Tale Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————- MAJOR CHARACTERS Leontes, King of Sicily Hermione, Leonte’s wife Mamillius, their son Perdita, their daughter Camillo, Antigonus, Cleomenes and Dion, lord at Leonte’s court. Paulina, Antigonus’s wife Emilia, Hermione’s … Continue reading

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“We cannot come to the end of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, because every time we achieve a new perspective, other fresh vistas appear that evade our expectations.”

The Winter’s Tale An Introduction By Dennis Abrams —————————– The title may seem all too appropriate given the weather we’ve been having for the last week, but to call something a “winter’s tale” was actually Jacobean slang for something fanciful … Continue reading

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“Lo! as a careful housewife runs to catch/One of her feather’d creatures broke away,…”

Shakespeare Sonnet #143 Lo! as a careful housewife runs to catch One of her feather’d creatures broke away, Sets down her babe and makes an swift dispatch In pursuit of the thing she would have stay, Whilst her neglected child … Continue reading

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“‘Cymbeline’, it seems to me, is the most extraordinary play that Shakespeare ever wrote. How does he do it? Staggering!”

Cymbeline Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————— Let’s end with this from Garber: “Imogen/Fidele’s double identity as woman and boy, Briton and Roman, resurfaces in the climactic political scene of the play (5.6), a scene not unlike the … Continue reading

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“Hang there like fruit, my soul/Till the tree die.”

Cymbeline Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Five:  Deep breath:  Convinced that Imogen is dead, Posthumus repents and joins the British side: disguised as a peasant, he saves Iachimo (who doesn’t recognize him).  Belarius and his “sons” … Continue reading

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