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“The Tempest ends, like the other plays in Shakespeare’s last period, in reconciliation and forgiveness. But the ending in The Tempest is grimmer, and the sky is darker…”

The Tempest Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- From Auden: “Falstaff’s kingdom is made up of Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban. Trinculo recalls all of Shakespeare’s earlier clowns, Stephano resembles Sir Toby Belch, and Caliban recollects both Bottom and … Continue reading

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“Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen,/Th’imperial jointress to this warlike state,”

Hamlet Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams —————————————- I am struck as I read (and reread) Hamlet, just how far Shakespeare had come as a writer, in such a relatively short period of time.  Keep in mind that, assuming … Continue reading

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