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“This happy little breed of men, this little world,/This precious stone set in the silver sea,/Which serves it in the office of a wall,/Or as the moat defensive to a house /Against the envy of less happier lands;/This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…”

Richard II Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Two:  Joined by the Duke of York, the dying Gaunt bemoans the state of the country, which is struggling under Richard’s increasingly unpopular rule – a point that Gaunt … Continue reading

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“We will descend and fold him in our arms.”

Richard II Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————- For a play that I thought would be as relatively straightforward as the Henry VI plays were (unhappy king, etc.)  even Act One is turning out to be more complex, … Continue reading

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“We were not born to sue, but to command;”

Richard II Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————- MAJOR CHARACTERS KING RICHARD II of England Queen Isabel, Richard’s wife John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, Richard’s Uncle Harry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, Gaunt’s son (later King Henry IV) Duchess of … Continue reading

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“The subject of Richard II is the reign and deposition of an English king. It is also the beauty of the English language considered as an instrument upon which music can be made.”

An Introduction to Richard II By Dennis Abrams —————— We’ve read his lyrical tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.  We’ve read his lyrical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Now, it’s time to read Shakespeare’s lyrical history (is such a thing possible?  With … Continue reading

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