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William Shakespeare
11/30/2016 at 14:02. Facebook
"We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.
Then weep no more. I’ll send to one in Mantua,
Where that same banished runagate doth live,
Shall give him such an unaccustomed dram
That he shall soon keep Tybalt company.
And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied."
―Lady Capulet from "Romeo and Juliet" (Act 3, Scene 5)
William Shakespeare
11/29/2016 at 17:13. Facebook
Andrew Dickson describes the position of racial and religious minorities in Renaissance England, and considers how this might have influenced Shakespeare's depiction of immigrants, outsiders and exiles. via The British Library

Multiculturalism in Shakespeare's plays

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Today is Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare's 434th wedding anniversary...
We all know the classic Shakespearean lines – “To be or not to be,” “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” or “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” — but how would these famous lines have sounded to Elizabethan audiences? Are we currently misinterpreting the Bard? This question has been on…

How did Shakespeare originally sound?

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"Like as to make our appetites more keen
With eager compounds we our palate urge;
As, to prevent our maladies unseen,
We sicken to shun sickness when we purge;
Ev'n so, being full of your ne'er-cloying sweetness,
To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding;
And, sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness
To be diseased ere that there was true needing."
--from SONNET 118
“Shakespeare broke a mold. After about five years of writing, he saw women as women, including the bind they had been put into. No other playwright, writing before Shakespeare or at the same time as Shakespeare, had ever seen women as women.”
―from WOMEN OF WILL: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays by Tina Packer

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"O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
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Jackson ends a 25-year absence with a ferocious, unflinching performance that transcends gender and puts her among the best Lears

King Lear review – Glenda Jackson makes a shattering return to the stage

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Photo: Celia Imrie and Glenda Jackson in a rehearsal of “King Lear” at the Old Vic.

Glenda Jackson Hopes to Scale Mount Lear in Her Stage Return

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Includes an intimate look behind the scenes at the Tower of London with Elizabeth I...

“Let me see; what am I to buy for our sheepshearing feast? Three pound of sugar, five pound of currants, rice – what will this sister of mine do with rice? But my father hath made her mistress of the feast, and she lays it on […] I must have saffron to color the warden pies; mace; dates? – none, that’s out...
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A History of Royal Food and Feasting - Free online course

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Javier Marías is the author of 14 novels, 3 story collections, and 20 works of collected articles and essays. He also happens to be a king. His novel All Souls, released in English in 1992, include…

Javier Marías on Dictatorship, Shakespeare, and Literary Ghosts

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The extravagantly mounted adaptation of Shakespeare’s doomed romance remains as youthful and effervescent as ever

Romeo + Juliet at 20: how Baz Luhrmann's adaptation refuses to age

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"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearnéd luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call:
So,...
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"Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
--The Witches from "The Tragedy of Macbeth" (Act 4, Scene 1)
With Halloween almost upon us, it’s time to delve into the darkest depths of Shakespeare’s plays. You’ll find witchcraft pamphlets, ghost sightings, and accounts of magic, darkness, madness and life beyond the grave. Read on if you dare…

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Discovering Literature: Shakespeare

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Marlowe is being listed on the three “Henry VI” plays, parts 1, 2 and 3, which have long been believed to be the work of more than one writer.

New Oxford Shakespeare Edition Credits Christopher Marlowe as a Co-author

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Today is the 601st anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt...