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“The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices/Make instruments to plague us.”

King Lear Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————— From Marjorie Garber’s Shakespeare and Modern Culture: “Shakespeare’s King Lear was written and performed at a moment of high volatility and change in the use of mathematics, pictorial perspective, and, … Continue reading

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“Nay, but to live/In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed/Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love/Over the nasty sty –”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Four By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Let’s talk some more about Ophelia.  And about Gertrude. As I think we’ve seen so far, Hamlet’s tragedy is not exclusively, as Schlegel thought, a tragedy of thought.  It’s not even … 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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“I do not understand this; and Shakspeare seems to have intended the meaning not to be more than snatched at : ‘By my fay, I cannot reason!'”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Six By Dennis Abrams For your reading enjoyment this weekend (along with Act Three of Hamlet for those of you who haven’t started it yet — my next post will be Sunday night/Monday morning beginning our … Continue reading

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“But I have that within which passeth show – /These but the trappings and the suits of woe.”

Hamlet Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– First off…how’s everybody doing?  Any questions?  Problems?  Revelations? I’d like to touch on something that I’ve been pondering ever since I started this project – how is it that we can … Continue reading

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“Indeed, it is a strange-disposed time:/But men may construe things after their fashion,/Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.”

Julius Caesar Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- I’m struck by a couple of things: 1.  The number of well-known lines and phrases, even just from Act One:  “Beware the ides of March,” “Men at some time are … Continue reading

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“You may my glories and my state depose,/But not my griefs; still am I king of those.”

Richard II Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————- Act Four:  As Bolingbroke attempts to discover the truth behind Gloucester’s murder in Parliament, Richard’s abdication is announced.  Carlisle warns that civil war will break out if Bolingbroke becomes king, … Continue reading

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