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“We look back at Shakespeare and regret our absence from him because it seems an absence from reality.”

Conclusion to The Play’s The Thing Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Honestly, I can’t believe it’s over. For two and half years, We’ve been reading and talking and thinking about Shakespeare. And to help bring this to a close, … Continue reading

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“Cymbeline is a pungent self-parody on Shakespeare’s part: we revisit King Lear, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, and a dozen other plays, but we see them now through a distorting lens.”

Cymbeline Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————————- To continue with Harold Bloom, who strongly disagrees with Tanner’s admiration of the play: “Shakespeare gives a very vivid instance of antithetical technique in Act II, set in Imogen’s bedchamber, where … Continue reading

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“How I came by the crown, O God, forgive! And grant it may with thee in true peace live.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Four:  York, Mowbray and Hastings, commanding the rebel forces in Gaultres Forest, are unimpressed by Northumberland’s flight to Scotland.  When they address their grievances to Hal’s brother, Prince John … Continue reading

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“We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow,”

Henry IV Part Two Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  The pressures of kingship (as well as the guilt of the usurpation) are obviously taking their toll on King Henry.  Unable to sleep, he reflects ruefully with Warwick … Continue reading

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“Falstaff understands everything and so is never serious.” — Mark Van Doren

Henry IV, Part One Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————- As we finish up our reading of Henry IV, Part One, a few odds and ends, a couple of other ways to view the play: First picking up … Continue reading

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“I am amazed, methinks, and lose my way/Among the thorns and dangers of this world.”

King John Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Five:  John gives in to the Pope’s wish, but Pandolf is unable to call off the Dauphin.  As war breaks out, news arrives that the French reinforcements have been shipwrecked.  Suffering … Continue reading

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“Grief fills the room up of my absent child, /Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,/Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,/Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;/Then have I reason to be fond of grief.”

King John Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Four:  Back in England, Hubert visits the cell where Arthur is being held, but, ultimately, cannot bring himself to use red hot irons to burn out young Arthur’s eyes.  At court, … Continue reading

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