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“A sad tale’s best for winter. I have one/Of sprites and goblins.”

The Winter’s Tale Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————— G. Wilson Knight had a special feeling for Shakespeare’s late plays, and his writings helped to bring added attention to them.  This, from his The Crown of Life: ‘But … Continue reading

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“Take, but good note, and you shall see in him/The Triple pillar of the world transform’d/Into a strumpet’s fool: behold and see.”

Antony and Cleopatra Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ————————– A couple of observations: 1.  G. Wilson Knight called Antony and Cleopatra “probably the subtlest and great play in Shakespeare,” adding “This is the high metaphysic of love which … Continue reading

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“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” “Lear’s shadow.”

King Lear Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————– A couple of things of interest: 1.  I talked in my introduction to Lear about the fact that there are really two different versions of the play:  the Quarto and … Continue reading

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“‘King Lear’ gives one the impression of life’s abundance magnificently compressed into one play.”

King Lear An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————————— We are now, I think, at the peak of Mount Shakespeare.  King Lear has long had a reputation as the ultimate in tragedy – this tale of a difficult father driven mad … Continue reading

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“By the pricking of my thumbs,/Something wicked this way comes: –“

Macbeth Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Four:  Desperate for information about the future, Macbeth visits the Witches.  He is warned about Macduff but also told that “none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth.” Hearing that Macduff has … 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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