Tag Archives: Love’s Labour’s Lost

“When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.”

Much Ado About Nothing Act Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Two:  At the ball, Don Pedro successfully wins Hero for Claudio, but the latter is persuaded by Don John that he has actually done so for himself.  After Don … Continue reading

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“They make much ado about nothing because they know nothing will come of nothing, and so they speak again.”

Much Ado About Nothing An Introduction By Dennis Abrams Set in the Sicilian town of Messina, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing positively sizzles with holiday spirit.  Its rich humor was, in fact, singled out early by his contemporaries:  in … Continue reading

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“What tempest, I trow, threw this whale, with so many tuns of oil in his belly, ashore at Windsor?…Did you ever hear the like?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Two:  Mistresses Page and Ford have been sent identical love letters by Falstaff.  The two (not unlike, let’s say Lucy and Ethel), plot revenge:  they will pretend to … Continue reading

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You define who you are by your reaction to Falstaff…Those who do not care for Falstaff are in love with time, death, the state, and the censor.”

Introduction to Henry IV, Part Two By Dennis Abrams Is it possible for a sequel (other than The Godfather, Part Two of course) equal the original?  In the case of Henry IV, Part Two, the answer is a resounding yes. … Continue reading

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“A time, methinks, too short/To make a world-without-end bargain in.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams Loved it.  LOVED it.  I can, I think, understand why Bloom holds the play in such high esteem – it is the first play we’ve read so far of Shakespeare’s, … Continue reading

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“It is this foppery of delicate language, this fashionable plaything of his time, with which Shakespeare is occupied in Love’s Labours Lost.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost Critical History By Dennis Abrams —————————————— Since I gave you an extra couple of days to read Act 4, I thought I’d get into a brief discussion of the play’s critical history. Perhaps not surprisingly, until the … Continue reading

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“And among three, to love the worst of all,/A whitely wanton with a velvet brow,/With two pitch-balls stuck in her face for eyes;”

Love’s Labour’s Lost Act Three By Dennis Abrams ——————- Act Three:  Don Armado makes a move for Jaquenetta by employing Costard (who he has released from custody), to send her a passionate love letter.  Thinking along the same lines, Berowne … Continue reading

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