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“We look back at Shakespeare and regret our absence from him because it seems an absence from reality.”

Conclusion to The Play’s The Thing Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Honestly, I can’t believe it’s over. For two and half years, We’ve been reading and talking and thinking about Shakespeare. And to help bring this to a close, … Continue reading

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“Who besides Shakespeare can continue to inform an authentic idea of the human?”

Conclusion to The Play’s the Thing Part One By Dennis Abrams It’s hard to believe it’s been two and half years since we started our journey through Shakespeare’s plays. For me, it’s been incredibly educational, fulfilling, inspiring, and downright fun. … Continue reading

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“On the desert island the history of the world has been performed. The performance is over; history begins once more.”

The Tempest Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————— I want to conclude our examination of The Tempest with this, from the great Jan Kott: “Who is Prospero and what does his staff signify? Why does he combine knowledge … Continue reading

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“Shakespeare has no illusions. To have judged the world will not result in the world being changed.”

Coriolanus Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– To continue with the great Jan Kott, whose very political/class driven take on the play I find most interesting: “The first confrontation is provided by war. The Volscians have attacked Rome. … Continue reading

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“I am fire and air; my other elements/I give to baser life.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————— From A.D. Nuttall’s Shakespeare the Thinker: “Antony leaves cold, dry, military-political Rome for the wet, formless, erotic East (and South), for Egypt, much as Gustav von Aschenbach in Thomas … Continue reading

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“Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have/Immortal longings in me…”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Tony Tanner: “Cleopatra is, of course, above all a great actress. She can play with Antony to beguile him; she can play at being Isis, thus anticipating her … Continue reading

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“Think you there was, or might be, such a man/As this I dreamt of?”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Five:  When Antony dies, Cleopatra sees death as her only option, but she is prevented from stabbing herself by Caesar’s soldiers. When Dolabella reveals that Caesar intends to … Continue reading

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