William Shakespeare
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"Juliet is the youngest leading female character in a Shakespeare play – she is just about to turn 14. A young girl barely into puberty, and yet one who, in the course of the play, takes life-changing decisions and tells the audience about them, in poetry of extraordinary eloquence. What was Shakespeare up to in presenting such a paradoxical figure?"


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Juliet's eloquence

"Et tu, Brute?"
-- Julius Caesar from "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar"
“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
--from "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

Touch A Hundred Flowers: 11 Quotes To Help You Spring Forward

"Take a look at The Merry Wives of Windsor, written by William Shakespeare in the 1590s. The Bard has Mistress Page exclaiming: 'I cannot tell what the dickens his name is...'. In other words, the phrase was in use more than 200 years before Charles Dickens was born. It seems to predate Shakespeare too."

Where Does The Phrase 'What The Dickens' Come From?

From Antonio spitting on Shylock's 'Jewish gabardine' to the moneylender's famous speech, 'If you prick us, do we not bleed?': Dr Aviva Dautch responds to depictions of Judaism in The Merchant of Venice.

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A Jewish reading of The Merchant of Venice

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Sings Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. via Open Culture

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Sings Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

"Woe to that land that's governed by a child!"
--Third Citizen from "Richard III" (Act II, Scene III)
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“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
--from "The Merchant of Venice" (1605) by William Shakespeare

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Vigilance in an Age of 'Alternative Facts': 14 Quotes on the Art of Deceit

"Richard II" first played at the Globe Theatre 416 years ago on this day in 1601.
Ian McKellen Reads a Passionate Speech by William Shakespeare, Written in Defense of Immigrants. via Open Culture

Ian McKellen Reads a Passionate Speech by William Shakespeare, Written in Defense of Immigrants

In his portrayal of Prospero's 'art', Shakespeare draws parallels between theatre and magic.

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Prospero: magician and artist

"'Love comforteth like sunshine after rain,
But Lust's effect is tempest after sun;
Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain,
Lust's winter comes ere summer half be done;
Love surfeits not, Lust like a glutton dies;
Love is all truth, Lust full of forged lies."
―from "Venus and Adonis" by William Shakespeare
"Sonnet 65" by William Shakespeare

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of batt’ring days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but time...
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William Shakespeare's popular play Hamlet was dated wrongly, causing scholars to overlook a message that has been hidden in plain sight for centuries, new research has claimed.

William Shakespeare's Hamlet Was Dated Wrong, Says Study

What do Shakespeare and Alexander Pushkin have in common?

Despite the fact that they were writing in places far from each other and centuries apart, both were poets who have tremendously impacted their respective languages and cultures. They were some of the great creators of humanity and brothers in spirit, says choral conductor Nikolai Kachanov, artistic director and founder of the Russian...
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Russian Chamber Chorus to Bridge Celebrated Poets Shakespeare and Pushkin in Concert

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind” by William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most...
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At the Westside Theatre in New York City, audiences are watching "Othello: the Remix," a retelling of William Shakespeare's classic play through hip-hop.

‘Othello: The Remix’ gives Shakespeare the hip-hop treatment