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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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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”

As You Like It More Perspectives…Continued By Dennis Abrams ————————————— In my last post, we looked at Marjorie Garber’s perspective on As You Like It, ending with the first answer to the question:  “Why doesn’t Rosalind reveal her identity to … Continue reading

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“Last scene of all,/That ends this strange eventful history,/Is second childishness and mere oblivion,/Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

As You Like It Another Perspectives By Dennis Abrams ————————— From Marjorie Garber: “The Forest of Arden, then, is a golden world, an Eden, an Arcady, and in some sense a tongue-in-cheek parody of all these.  But what is it … Continue reading

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“I can live no longer by thinking.”

As You Like It Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Five:  Touchstone, meanwhile, has decided to marry Audrey, and rejects William, her current suitor.  For his part, Oliver has fallen for Celia/Aliena, and agrees to marry her in front … Continue reading

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“This is, unambiguously, the happiest of Shakespeare’s comedies.”

As You Like It An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Although written during the roughly the same period as Twelfth Night (the play following our next play, Hamlet), As You Like It has little of the obvious darkness of Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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