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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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“In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,/For they in thee a thousand errors note;”

Shakespeare Sonnet #141 SONNET 141 In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note; But ’tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who in despite of view is pleased to … Continue reading

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“Men must endure/Their going hence, even as their coming hither: Ripeness is all.”

King Lear Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- To continue with Harold Bloom: “The double plot of King Lear adds considerable complexity to what would already be the most emotionally demanding of Shakespeare’s plays, even if the grim … Continue reading

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“The worst is not/So long as we can say ‘This is the worst.’’’

King Lear Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Harold Bloom: “If we could speak of a poetic rather than dramatic center to the tragedy, we might choose the meeting between the mad King Lear and blind Gloucester … Continue reading

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“To be, or not to be; that is the question…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  Listening in on a meeting between Hamlet and Ophelia – at which Hamlet seems, frankly, unhinged – Claudius plots to send him away to England.  The court gathers to … 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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“This brilliant and subtle work will always be popular; I could say ‘for the wrong reasons,’ except that all reasons for Shakespeare’s eternal popularity are correct, one way or another.”

Henry V An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ————————————– With its dramatization of the miraculous triumph by the English at Agincourt under the youthful at one time wastrel king, Henry V is often thought of as Shakespeare’s most overtly patriotic flag-waving … Continue reading

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