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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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“Exit, pursued by a bear.”

The Winter’s Tale Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————- Act Three:  Leontes formally accuses Hermione of adultery and plotting to kill him, but she remains firm in her innocence and declares that Apollo will be her judge.  But … Continue reading

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“I have drunk, and seen the spider.”

The Winter’s Tale Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  Hermione is with her son Mamillius when Leontes rushes in, having heard of Polixenes’s and Camillo’s escape to Bohemia. Taking this as proof of his former friend’s … Continue reading

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“We cannot come to the end of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, because every time we achieve a new perspective, other fresh vistas appear that evade our expectations.”

The Winter’s Tale An Introduction By Dennis Abrams —————————– The title may seem all too appropriate given the weather we’ve been having for the last week, but to call something a “winter’s tale” was actually Jacobean slang for something fanciful … Continue reading

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“Where am I? Where’s my lord? What world is this?”

Pericles Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————————— From Tanner: “Act III finds Pericles in the middle of a terrible storm at sea, and also finds Shakespeare beginning to write in his recognizably late style. Pericles gains a daughter … Continue reading

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