Tag Archives: Mark Van Doren

“But this rough magic/I here abjure.”

The Tempest Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  Ariel reports that the spirits of Alonso and the other Neapolitans have been broken, and Prospero instructs him to release them. Ariel leads the group in by magic, … Continue reading

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“No full-length Shakespearian tragedy reaches the intensity of these three acts; they move with a whirling, sickening, speed.”

The Winter’s Tale Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams  ———————- First off, some highlights from Mark Van Doren, without the most often used quotes from the play: “’The Winter’s Tale’ tells of grievous divisions between friend and friend (Leontes … Continue reading

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“I saw her once/Hop forty paces through the public street;/And having lost her breath, she spoke, and panted/That she did make defect perfection,/And, breathless, power breathe forth”

Antony and Cleopatra Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams —————————————— From Mark Van Doren: “Once [Cleopatra] fails to see through [Antony], but that is when he is acting for men only and she does not catch the style. As … Continue reading

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“These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,/Or lose myself in dotage.”

Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————— To continue with Mark Van Doren, discussing the Mediterranean world of the play, and the fact that “There is no terror because there is so much light.” “When Iras says     The … Continue reading

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“The oldest hath borne most; we that are young/Shall never see so much, nor live so long.”

King Lear Act Five, Part Four By Dennis Abrams ———————– To continue with Mark Van Doren: “As the third act opens we listen to a gentleman telling Kent that Lear has made the plunge: he has disappeared into a world … Continue reading

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“Our wills and fates do so contrary run/That our devices are overthrown:/Our thoughts our ours, their ends none of our own.”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Three By Dennis Abrams I found this description of Hamlet (the man, not the play, although he’s really a character in a play, but you know what I mean), in Mark Van Doren’s Shakespeare that I … 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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