"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

"One Gentleman; or A Spectacle of Love"

A modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona," but using original dialogue.

Proteus is in love, but doesn't know how to express it., or if his love is reciprocated.

Julia is in love, but doesn't want to admit it, yet desperately searches for recognition.

Will the two connect and find love? A story of love, desire,...
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One Gentleman; or A Spectacle of Love

This intriguing miniature painting shows a Virginian Indian at the Zoological Gardens in St James’s Park, surrounded by birds and animals which are said to be ‘Indian’. This man seems to have stayed in London around 1615 – one of a small number of Native Americans brought to England by explorers, and exhibited as curiosities.

In The Tempest, Trinculo remarks on the fact that American people...
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A Virginian Indian in St James's Park, from the friendship album of Michael van Meer

William Shakespeare v. Amazon via The New Yorker Cartoons
This item is a single-sheet broadside ballad (subsequently cut in two) called ‘New Mad Tom of Bedlam or, The Man in the Moon drinks Claret, with Powder-Beef Turnip and Carret’. The ballad is set to the tune of Grays-Inn Mask and was printed around 1695. The first half, shown here, has verses about a ‘Tom O Bedlam’ character, a type of beggar who adopted the guise of a madman (Bedlam referred...
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Broadside Ballad on Tom of Bedlam

"The ghost asks Hamlet to step between his mother and her fighting soul and speak the truth. For a moment it seems as if he might—'dear mother, you are sleeping with your husband’s murderer.' But as she mumbles the word 'ecstasy,' Hamlet careens into the most pathetic of adjurations, begging Gertrude not to sleep again with Claudius, laying down arms before the truth, once again. 'Conceit in...
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"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)
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

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?

"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