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“I have full cause of weeping, but this heart/Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws/Or e’er I’ll weep. O fool, I shall go mad.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————— For my Sunday evening post, and before we dive into Act Three (perhaps the pinnacle OF the pinnacle that is King Lear), I thought we should step back a bit … Continue reading

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“The work of a man whose soul is poisoned with filth.”

Troilus and Cressida An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————- It was once memorably described as “the work of a man whose soul is poisoned with filth.”  That work, Troilus and Cressida, has consistently scandalized critics over the four centuries since … Continue reading

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“Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots.”

Hamlet Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————— Act Four:  Realizing the danger he is in, Claudius hurriedly sends Hamlet to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, but secretly arranges for him to be killed on arrival.  Ophelia, in the … Continue reading

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“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below,/Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Six By Dennis Abrams ——————————— I’m going to conclude our look at Act Three’s The Mousetrap” scene and aftermath, with an excerpt from Garber.  If you’re interested in reading John Dover Wilson’s exhaustive (and close to … Continue reading

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“I say we will have no mo marriage…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ————————————— I’d like to continue today with more from John Dover Wilson’s What Happens in Hamlet, starting in particular with the “nunnery scene” which, I think, can present certain difficulties (is Hamlet … Continue reading

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“…Must like a whore unpack my heart with words…”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Five By Dennis Abrams —————————————— I was up for awhile last night, continuing my reading of James Shapiro’s A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.  It’s a highly enjoyable book, that combines in a way … Continue reading

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“I doubt it is no other but the main –/His father’s death and our o’erhasty marriage.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- I want to start by going back to Marjorie Garber discussing Hamlet and delay, if only because it gives me an excuse to post a really amazing film clip: “Another Victorian … Continue reading

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“And with a look so piteous in purport/As if he had been loosed out of hell/To speak of horrors, he comes before me.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- How’s everybody doing on their reading?  Is the pace OK?  Too fast?  Too slow?  I read the first scene last night, will move on to the scene two tonight.  There’s a … Continue reading

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“Murder most foul, as in the best it is,/But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.”

Hamlet Act One, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————– This is going to be my last post on Act One.  I’m going to take a day off tomorrow, and my next post will be Sunday evening/Monday morning (depending on what … Continue reading

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“But I have that within which passeth show – /These but the trappings and the suits of woe.”

Hamlet Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– First off…how’s everybody doing?  Any questions?  Problems?  Revelations? I’d like to touch on something that I’ve been pondering ever since I started this project – how is it that we can … Continue reading

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