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“We are such stuff/As dreams are made on, and our little life/Is rounded with a sleep.”

The Tempest Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————- Act Four:  Prospero admits that the tasks he assigned Ferdinand were to test his love for Miranda, and he now gives them his blessing to marry with a masque performed … Continue reading

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“The history of mankind is madness, but in order to expose it, one has to perform it on a desert island.”

The Tempest Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- To continue where I left of last time with Jan Kott: “The Tempest has two endings: a quiet evening on the island, when Prospero forgives his enemies and the story … Continue reading

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“It is a scene which if taken prosaically is open to a flood of objections, but if taken poetically is near perfection.”

The Winter’s Tale Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————— From Harold Bloom: “The great advocate for the ‘law and process of great nature’ in The Winter’s Tale is the fierce and courageous Paulina, to be widowed when her … Continue reading

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“Music awake her; strike./‘Tis time, descend, be stone more. Approach./Strike all that look upon with marvel.”

The Winter’s Tale Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————- Act Five:  In Sicily, Leontes, still in mourning for Hermione, vows not to marry again without Paulina’s consent. When Florizel and Perdita arrive Leontes is captivated by the young … Continue reading

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“Underlying all is the one Ovidian myth that –beyond all others — informs the play: the story of Proserpina…”

The Winter’s Tale Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————— From Marjorie Garber: “At the act of act 3, however, these latent revivals are far from evident, and the barrenness of time in Sicilia appears in marked contrast with … Continue reading

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“Daffodils,/That come before the swallow dares, and take/The winds of March with beauty…

The Winter’s Tale Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Four:  The action is restarted sixteen years later by the figure of time – Perdita has grown up in Bohemia as the daughter of the Shepherd.  More recently, … 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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