Tag Archives: James I

“O you heavenly charmers,/What things you make of us! For what we lack/We laugh, for what we have we are sorry; still/Are children in some kind.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————— Act Five: Palamon and Arcite, each accompanied by three knights, separately pray for success, while Emilia prays that whoever loves her best will emerge victorious. Back at the jail, the … Continue reading

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“It seems the marriage with his brother’s wife/Has crept too near his conscience.” “No, his conscience/Has crept too near another lady.”

Henry VIII (All Is True) Act Two By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Two:  As Buckingham heads to his execution, rumors begin circulating that Henry plans to divorce his wife Katherine with Wolsey’s approval, and in fact Cardinal Campeius has traveled … Continue reading

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“Imogen is one of the great women of Shakespeare or the world.”

Cymbeline Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– From Harold Bloom first, whose dislike for the play I find rather bewildering: “Cymbeline begins with a conversation at court between two unnamed gentlemen, one a stranger, thus allowing Shakespeare to … 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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“Is this a dagger which I see before me,/The handle toward my hand?”

Macbeth Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ———————– I hope you’re all enjoying Macbeth as much as I am.  Having read as much Shakespeare as I’ve done (and as you’ve done) over the last year and a half, I … Continue reading

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“I would, while it was smiling in my face,/Have plucked my nipple from its boneless gums/And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn/As you have done to this.”

Macbeth Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————— It would be fascinating to know what James I – or any of his contemporaries for that matter – made of the other strong female character in the play – the … Continue reading

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“When shall we three meet again?/In thunder, lightning, or in rain?/When the hurly-burly’s done,/When the battle’s lost, and won.”

Macbeth Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————— MAIN CHARACTERS King Duncan of Scotland Malcolm, Duncan’s elder son Donalbain, Duncan’s younger son A Captain in Duncan’s army Macbeth, Thane of Glamis Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife Porter at Macbeth’s castle … Continue reading

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